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Virginia War Memorial 2021 Veterans Day Essay Contest

VETERANS DAY ESSAY CONTEST - Virginia War Memorial 2021 Veterans Day Essay Contest

The Virginia War Memorial is now accepting entries for the 2021 Veterans Day Essay Contest. The contest is open to all Middle and High School students in Virginia, and a winner will be selected from each age group (grades 6-8 and 9-12). Winners and their teachers will receive a prize, and winning students will be recognized during the Commonwealth’s Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11, 2021. Winning students may also be asked to present their submissions at the Virginia War Memorial following the ceremony, and their essays will be printed in the Virginia War Memorial Foundation’s Newsletter. This year’s prompt, rules and guidelines, and submission form are below:

“None of us will ever forget this day. Yet, we go forward to defend freedom and all that is good and just in our world.”

-President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001


Prompt: Write about an American who served in the United States military following the attacks of September 11, 2001 who inspires you.

This year, we are reflecting on the 20 years that have passed since the surprise attacks of September 11, 2001. To honor those men and women who served in the months and years following 9/11, the Virginia War Memorial is calling on students to write about a service member who inspires them.

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