PATRIOT'S PEN

Each year more than 111,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest for a chance to win their share of more than $900,000 in state and national awards. Each first-place state winner receives a minimum of $500 at the national level, and the national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.
 
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
 
The theme for 2020-2021 is: What is Patriotism to Me. 
 
The deadline for submitting to local posts has is October 30.  Check back in March for next year's theme.  You can take a look at the rules and eligibility here.