Veterans Day - November 11
National Veterans Day Poster Contest
Calling all artists! The 2017 National Veterans Day Poster Contest is underway. Each year the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) National Veterans Outreach Office, in conjunction with the Veterans Day National Committee, publishes a commemorative Veterans Day poster. The poster is selected from artwork submitted by artists nationwide and is distributed to VA facilities, military installations around the world across cities and town in our nation. It also serves as the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery.
Over the years these posters have illustrated the rich history of our country's service men and women. The poster clearly reflects our pride and patriotism in saluting Veterans while providing the thematic artistry for the year.
- Be 18” x 24” at 300 dots per inch, scale down submissions to 9”x12.”
- Submissions are not restricted to “human centric” presentations, such as a joint color guard. Imagery of American icons, monuments or scenery can qualify, for example, the American flag.
- Represent Veterans from all branches of service. The Committee may select a particular submission but ask the artist to make modifications to the original design. Additional changes may be required prior to printing.
- Reflect the diversity of our Veteran and military population in terms of race, gender and disability status.
- Include sufficient information to demonstrate that the image is the work of the artist and is not copyrighted material (i.e. photos and concepts).
- To view examples of past winning submissions visit: www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp.
- The deadline for submissions is 15 April, 2017
How to Submit
Submit electronic versions as jpg images or PDF files by email to email@example.com or send copies of artwork on a CD with artwork files to:Veterans Day National Committee
Department of Veterans Affairs
ATTN: Micheal Migliara (002D)
810 Vermont Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20420
To view examples of past winning submissions visit www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp.
The deadline for submissions is 15 April, 2017.
A selection committee will convene in May 2017 to review submissions and make a final selection.
Contact the Veterans Day Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org .
2017 National Veterans Day Regional Sites
The Veterans Day National Committee recognizes select Veterans Day observances throughout the country that represent fitting tributes to America’s heroes serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.
Be one of them! Veterans Day Event Coordinators, apply for “Regional Site” designation!
You will receive:
- Official recognition from the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
- A message from the Secretary for your event programs and materials
- A supply of the National Veterans Day posters
- Support from DoD (when available)
- Official recognition as a model event that has strong links to Veterans Service Organizations and your community and effectively increases awareness of VA and its programs
Criteria for Regional Site Status:
- Dedicated solely to honoring the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces
- Supported by a Veterans Service Organization(s) (VSOs)
- Supported by city, county, town or municipal authorities
- Incorporates schools, universities, and other community organizations
National Veterans Day Ceremony
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery . The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans' organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces.
Download the National Ceremony Visitor Information here.
Veterans Day National Committee
The Veterans Day National Committee also selects a number of regional sites for Veterans Day observances throughout the country. From stirring parades and ceremonies to military exhibits and tributes to distinguished veterans, these events serve as models for other communities to follow in planning their own observances.
For Teachers & Students
- Veterans Day History
- Poster Gallery
- Take a Vet to School Day
- Veterans History Project
- Veterans Day Speakers
- Volunteering at VA