Voice of Democracy
Grades 9-12
Deadline October 31, 2021
Rules and Information
Application and brochure
The Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.
Patriot's Pen
Grades 6, 7, 8
Deadline October 31, 2021
Rules and Information
Application and brochure
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. 
Young American Creative
Patriotic Art
Grades 9-12
Deadline March 31, 2022
Rules and Information
Application and brochure

The contest began in 1979 to recognize up-and-coming artists and encourage patriotism in youth.

National Anthem Singing Contest 

Grades K-12
Deadline March 31, 2022

Rules, information, and entry form

A national anthem singing contest for youth.

Illustrating America

Grades K-8
Deadline March 31, 2022

Rules, information, and entry form

An art contest for students in grades K-8.

1800 Andrew St, York, PA 17404

Phone(717) 848-1056




On Same Staff 
U.S. flag at peak, above any other flag. 

U.S. flag goes to its own right. Flags of other nations are flown at same height. 

U.S. flag to marchers right (observer's left). 

On Speaker's Platform
When displayed with a speaker's platform, it must be above and behind the speaker. If mounted on a staff it is on the speaker's right. 

Never use the flag for decoration. Use bunting with the blue on top, then white, then red. 

All persons present in uniform should render the military salute. Members of the armed forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute. All other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, or if applicable, remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. 

Over a Street 

Union (stars) face north or east depending on the direction of the street. 

Half Staff
On special days, the flag may be flown at half-staff. On Memorial Day it is flown at half-staff until noon and then raised. 


Special Rules
Do not let the flag touch the ground. 
Do not fly flag upside down unless there is an emergency. 
Do not carry the flag flat, or carry things in it. 
Do not use the flag as clothing. 
Do not store the flag where it can get dirty. 
Do not use it as a cover. 
Do not fasten it or tie it back. Always allow it to fall free. 
Do not draw on, or otherwise mark the flag. 

Illumination Guidelines
Per Federal Flag Code, Section 2, paragraph (a), it is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.


(LEFT) Rowan Dennis and Ava King, 2020-21 Patriot Pen Winners, and (RIGHT) Chloe Hoover, Voice of Democracy winner.