Billy Lee, Local VFW Post #4491 Commander, awards first and second place contestants – Abigayle Prince and Alexander Price – on the Patriots Pen essay contest.

Pam Dudding-Burch
Contributing writer

The saying, “Honor to Country” still lives strong in our youth throughout America. This past year, over 172,000 students entered essay writing contests about their individual opinions on topics provided by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

The National VFW is dedicated to promoting patriotism and investing in the future generation of America. “If you are a democracy-loving high school student interested in a $30,000 college scholarship or a patriotic middle school student interested in winning $5,000, these scholarships may be for you,” their website states.

National awards will total $54,500. However, $2.1 million in educational scholarships and incentives will be awarded…

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