What is Patriotism to Me?

Published 4:28 pm Tuesday, September 15, 2020

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Polk County Memorial Auxiliary & VFW Post #9116 kick off annual essay competition


Commander Michael Collins and President Joyce B. Preston of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the Polk County Memorial & Auxiliary US Post #9116 announced the kick-off of the VFW’s annual Patriot’s Pen youth essay competition.

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Middle school students in grades 6-8 in this area have the opportunity to compete and win thousands of dollars in national awards. The VFW enacted the Patriot’s Pen competition in 1995 to encourage young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society by composing a 300- to 400-word patriotic-themed essay. The theme for the 2019-20 competition is “What is Patriotism to Me?” Students begin by competing at the local Post level. Post Winners advance to District competition with District winners advancing to the state competition. State first-place winners compete for their share of thousands of dollars in awards, and the national first-place winner is awarded $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C.

Each year, more than 125,000 students participate nationwide. Deadline for student entries is October 31, and interested students and teachers should contact their local VFW Post No. 9116 by phone to Commander Michael Collins 864-457-3115 or 864-230-9806 or President Joyce B. Preston 828-859-5286 or 828-817-0939 or email Joyce Preston at jbpreston99@yahoo.com or mail request to P.O. Box 654 – Columbus, NC 28722 for more information.

Further details can be found at www.vfw.org/PatriotsPen.


Submitted by Joyce B. Preston