Veterans Day Essay Contest

Virginia War Memorial 2017 Veterans Day Essay Contest
Sponsored by Haley Buick GMC Midlothian

Winners invited to read their submission at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veterans Day Ceremony.

“It’s a funny thing about coming home. Looks the same, smells the same, feels the same. You realize what has changed is you.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald

2016 Veterans Day Essay winners with parents and Governor McAuliffe.2016 Veterans Day Essay winners with
their parents and Governor McAuliffe.
Write about the idea of “home” and “homecoming” for American soldiers and veterans. You may write about a specific person, specific war, or incorporate a variety of examples. However, you must demonstrate use of primary research (letters, newspapers, interviews, etc.) to make your argument. Your essay should address questions like what does it mean to leave home? To return? How do people’s experiences differ?  What remains constant despite the passage of time? How can we make home a better place for our veterans? You do not have to answer each of these questions directly; instead, use them as a

guide when framing the way you discuss the concept of home.

While the methods of warfare and nature of battle have changed over time, one thing remains consistent: young men and women leave their lives and families behind. Both leaving and returning home can be life changing experiences for many, and the meaning of home can change drastically during a war. Home can be different things, whether it is defined by one’s family, community, or nation.

Submissions should be 500-750 words. Successful submissions will directly address the prompt and will incorporate more than one primary source. We have provided a few resources on the topic of “home” and the military on our website to inspire some ideas, but do not only use those resources. You must provide a bibliography in either APA or MLA style. Use of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation is a must.    

This contest is open to all middle and high school public, private, or homeschooled students living in Virginia. A winning entry will be chosen from each age group. Submissions will be judged by Virginia War Memorial staff and members of our sponsoring organization, Haley Buick GMC Midlothian.

Entries are due Friday, October 20, 2017 by 11:59 p.m. Rules and guidelines are available HERE.

Winners will receive $250 courtesy of Haley Buick GMC Midlothian and will be invited to read their winning submission aloud at the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Veterans Day Ceremony. In addition, the teacher of the winning student will receive $100 to be used for their classroom.   

RESOURCES (click on title to access that file):

How to Act at Home     Emory Letter     The Post baby poster