VILLA PARK – The Villa Park V.F.W. Post 2801 and the Ladies Auxiliary have announced the annual "Voice of Democracy" and "Patriot's Pen Essay" competitions.
The theme of "Voice of Democracy" is "Why Veterans are important to our nation's history and future." Local high school students are eligible for the contest, which involves writing an original essay and recording a reading of the text to a CD.
The recording should be between three and five minutes long. Judging is based on originality, content and delivery.
The Patriot's Pen program, "Why I appreciate America's Veterans," is for local middle school students. Essays must be between 300 and 400 words. Judging is based on knowledge, theme and clarity.
The deadline for both programs is Nov. 1. Information and program rules are available at www.vfw.org/community under "Youth and Education." For more information, contact the post at 630-244-5740.