The Veterans of Foreign Wars believes strongly in good citizenship and fostering patriotism. That’s why we encourage youthful minds to examine our nation’s history and their own experiences in modern American society through our Patriot’s Pen youth essay-writing contest.  Annually, roughly 112,000, students from grades 6-8, enter to win prizes totaling $1.2 million, as well as an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the National first place winner.

Students draft a 300-400 word essay, expressing their views based on an — always patriotic — annual theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief. 


2018-19 Theme | Why I Honor the American Flag

VFW Post 17 | Local Winners:

First: Benjamin Gough, Roncalli Elementary School

Second: Addison Hauge, Holgate Middle School

Third: Abigail DeVries, Holgate Middle School

Please visit again soon for more information on future Patriot's Pen themes and news. 
We would like to thank all of those who took the time to make an entry.