The 2019 patriotic programs sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars are underway. VFW Post and Auxiliary 7287 distributed entry materials to all schools in Red River parish and those in Ringgold. Entry blanks were also provided to home schooled children in the parish.
Pictured is Bethany Seales of Riverdale Academy presenting the Patriot’s Pen essay information to seventh graders Bryson Smith, Colton Caskey, Jadyn King, Shirley Boyd, Aston Hester, and Haylee Smith.
New this year is a $10,000 scholarship offered to the local post to the winner of the Voice of Democracy audio essay competition. The local winner will get the scholarship if their entry is selected the winner of the nationwide competition in Washington, DC. Post 7287 has had one winner take the state trophy and advance to Washington in the past.
Locally there is a category for all children from kindergarten through 12thgrade. Materials have been distributed and must be completed and returned to the post by October 31st. They will be judged and forwarded to VFW District to compete with other Posts in northwest Louisiana.
Any child not getting an entry at school may obtain one by calling VFW Post 7287 at 318-932-6557. You will be sent an entry.