Thomson Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6672 Commander Milton Keene announced the start of this year's VFW Patriot's Pen competition for middle school students.
Patriot's Pen, an essay-writing contest endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, is a nationwide competition that gives students in grades six, seven and eight the opportunity to express their views on democracy.
Contestants write a 300- to 400-word essay based on a patriotic theme. The first-place winner receives a $10,000 savings bond and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. The top national winners each receive a savings bond from $1,000 to $10,000.
Local VFW/LAVFW 6672 will present awards to first, second and third place winners, with first place going to the District 10 competition. The district winner goes on to the state competition. The theme this year is "When Is the Right Time to Honor Our Military Heroes?" Historically, the theme (annually chosen by the National VFW commander-in-chief) is kept broad in scope to allow the participant flexibility and to encourage originality.
The required form and essay are to be submitted to local VFW/LAVFW 6672 by Nov. 1. For more information and an entry form, contact Commander Keene at (706) 595-9777, Bonnie Martin at (706) 595-5176, Johnny Hobbs at (706) 595-3452 or Patsy Bennett at (706) 863-5619.