Paralyzed Veterans of America announces the annual Veterans Day Poster and poem contest
Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA) announces its 12th annual National Veterans Day Poster and Poem Contest. The theme for this year’s contest is, “Show or Tell How You Would Thank a Veteran This Holiday Season.” The poster contest is open to students in grades 1-4, and the poem contest is open to students in grades 5-8.
“Our Veterans Day Poster and Poem Contest gives children an opportunity to have a voice and show how they would like to honor our nation’s veterans,” said Al Kovach Jr., national president of Paralyzed Veterans. “We encourage all students grades 1-8 to participate and to get other others students and schools who may not know about the contest involved as well.”
For the Poster and Poem Contest, children can draw from their personal experiences with a veteran from their family or community; from lessons learned in school; or from stories they have read about in books or newspapers, to help them understand and visualize how they would like to thank a veteran.
Children are encouraged not only to learn about the service and sacrifices that veterans have made for our country and what that means, but also to understand that these experiences are not necessarily limited to just military service — and can include veterans who continue to serve their communities as a teacher, coach, first responder, mentor, volunteer, etc.
This is the first year for the poem contest, which was previously an essay contest for grade 5-8 students. It was decided that a poem would offer children an opportunity to express artistic creativity in their writing.
Entrants should not depict a historical review of Veterans Day but focus more on how they believe they would want to thank a veteran for their service.
Entries for the contest must be received and/or postmarked by October 1, 2015. For more information about the contest, please visit www.pva.org/posterpoem.