Lindi Compton, an eighth-grade student, was named the 2016-17 Patriot’s Pen first-place winner. Her essay on the theme, “The America I Believe In,” won her a $5,000 award. Lindi was sponsored by VFW Post 5813 and its Auxiliary in Greensburg, Ky.
Each year more than 125,000 students in grades 6-8 enter the VFW’s Patriot’s Pen youth essay contest. The first-place winner from each state competes for national awards totaling $50,000, with each first-place state winner receiving a minimum of $500 at the national level. The national first-place winner wins $5,000 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., in March.
The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.
YOU TOO CAN WIN!
WHO CAN ENTER: The Patriot’s Pen program is open to students in grades 6-8 who are enrolled in a public, private or parochial school or home study program in the United States and its territories.
HOW TO ENTER:
Contact VFW Post 9934 for additional assistance and a copy of the entry form.
Telephone: (949) 248-1419
The 2017-18 theme is: America’s Gift to My Generation
Students can ask a teacher or youth group leader to supervise their progress in the competition. Then students can contact VFW Post 9934 and establish a contact person who is a member of that Post or Auxiliary.
Deadline — The completed essay and entry form must be in the hands of the VFW Post Chairman by midnight October 31, 2017.
Knowledge of the theme is worth 30 points. You must show a thorough knowledge of the theme in your work. Demonstrate you have researched the issue extensively.
Theme development is worth 35 points. Answer all relevant facts about the theme such as the who, what, where, when and why. Relate the theme to your own experiences.
Clarity of ideas is worth 35 points. Write your essay in an easy-to-understand format. Leave your reader with a clear understanding of your explanation of the theme.
WHAT ARE THE RULES?
- Essay length: 300-400 typewritten words.
- You must write your own essay.
- All essays should be typewritten in English with no color or graphics and cannot be less than 300 words or greater than 400 words in length. (Essays under or over these word amounts will be eliminated.) Every word is counted regardless of length. The essay title (theme) or added footnotes do not contribute to the word count.
In no way may contestants identify themselves in their essay. Do not put your name on your essay. The entry form is your essay’s cover sheet. Secure the Official Student Entry Form with a staple or other fastener on top of your essay. Essays must be written exclusively for this competition. Use of the same essay for other competitions will result in disqualification. Contestants are allowed to enter only once (one Post competition). Contestants found in violation of this rule will face elimination from the competition and will be required to return any and all prize money awarded or received.
The essay must be a contestant’s original work and a product of the contestant’s own thinking. The approach to the Patriot’s Pen theme should be positive and clearly focused. Poetry is not acceptable. Quotations may be used sparingly if plainly identified wherever used. A contestant’s teacher, counselor or parent may check the essay for punctuation, grammar and/or spelling, but the content must remain the contestant’s. Contestants will be judged on the basis of their essay alone and are not required to present the essay orally. All essays become the property of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The VFW retains non-exclusive rights to use your essay and likeness in the promotion and execution of the organization’s programs and activities.
True love and respect for your country are called patriotism.We have provided a helpful essay on Patriotism for class 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12.You can choose any one article according to your need.
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Essay on Patriotism for class 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 (100 to 200 words)
For a man, nothing on earth is more significant than his motherland. Everybody loves their own country, feels elated at her prosperity and sad at her adversity. Patriotism is the sense of love, affection and belongingness aroused in one's heart for his or her country. It is something higher and nobler than ordinary emotions and sentiment. It inspires even a zero to act like a hero at a critical moment and do the deeds of bravery. An instance from the pages of Indian history shows how about five hundred Brahmins of Sialkot, who knew not the ABC of warfare, gave a strong resistance to Alexander, the Great and sacrificed their lives for the sake of their motherland. This is a burning instance of true patriotic.Everybody must have the sense of patriotism, and it should be limited to the welfare of his own country. It is not really patriotic to hate other nations or wage wars on other countries. Shouting the slogans of regionalism and communalism and trying to win the hearts of a particular sečtion of people is cheap patriotic. The real patriotism is to join the mainstream of the country and dedicate oneself to the unity and solidarity of the nation.
Essay on Patriotism for class 9, 10, 11, 12 (400 to 500 words)
What is Patriotism?
Our country is very sacred to us. It is closely associated with our civilisation and culture. We live on the fruit of her trees, the water of her streams and the food grains of her land. And each drop of blood in our veins is her gift. Her air has given us the life breath, here we have uttered our first word, and we will also close our eyes like our forefathers for ever. So, our sense of belongingness for her land, her rivers and streams, hills and valleys, trees and plants, her living creatures, her language and culture is patriotism.
Types of Patriotism
Patriotism is seen in different forms. The true statesmen contribute their selfless service to their country and countrymen and thus enhance the prestige of the nation in the international field, This is a kind of patriotic. A true citizen performs his duties to his country to his satisfaction and exercises his rights reasonably. The way of showing loyalty to the nation is an instance of patriotism. The reformers generally oppose superstitions, exploitations, oppressions and polluted traditions found in the country and raise the voice against them. Their work reflects their sense of patriotic. Another type of patriotic is defending the nation from enemies. We remember Rana Pratap, Shivaji, Laxmi Bai, Tipu Sultan Garibaldi, Gandhiji, Netaji, Shastriji because they dedicated themselves to the cause of the respective countries and countrymen.
Patriotic by Evil Persons
There are scoundrels and evil persons who have done no service to their country. At the time of the election, they try to the Public through empty promises. But once they come to power they think of their self and go on increasing their bank balance. So, Dr Johnson has rightly said: 'Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.'
Too Much of Patriotic
The excess patriotism of the national leaders brings ruins to their country. Napoleon, Mussolini and Hitler were extreme patriots. They loved their respective countries so much that they hated other countries/nations and created war-havoc in the world and dragged their lands to destruction. Such excess patriotic is detrimental to peace, progress and prosperity of a country.
The Real Test of it
There is no scarcity of patriots in the world, but how many of them are real patriots in their thoughts and deeds? A real patriot is ready to shed every drop of his blood for the welfare of his nation. But his sense of patriotic is entirely different from that of Napoleon or Hitler. It is sincerity and sacrifice combined. Gandhiji was a true patriot because he made use of every moment of his for the welfare of his countrymen. Netaji Subhas is also a patriot of this order. His ambition was that Indians should get back their freedom with every honour. Under his leadership, the Indian National Army invaded the British India from the east, defeated the British army, occupied a part of Assam and hoisted India's free fag at Kohima. This sort of patriotism is rare in the world.
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