Enter the DAR American History Essay Contest!

Honoring the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

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Fifth through eighth graders are invited to participate in the essay contest for the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

The Daughters of American Revolution (DAR) are holding an essay contest to honor the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. 

This topic is especially significant because November 11, 2021 will mark the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The tomb represents soldiers who lost their lives, but were unable to be identified.

The prompt for the essay is as follows: Imagine that you had a brother who lost his life on the battlefields of France during World War I. You and your family attended the November 11, 1921, dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Describe what this meant to you and your family. Why is it important to remember those who gave their lives to serve our nation?

The title of the essay should be “The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,” and should be 300 to 1,000 words in length depending on grade level. 

The DAR chapter will select one entry from each grade to be sent to Districts. Chapter winners will be invited to a meeting on April 2, 2022, where they will be given the chance to read their essays to the chapter, and receive a bronze pin and certification. District winners will be sent to the State, and winners at the state will receive a silver pin and certificate. From there, those with State winning essays will be sent to nationals, where if they win, will receive a gold pin, certification and monetary rewards.

The essay’s deadline is October 15, 2021.

If you’re interested in participating in the contest but don’t know where to start, the Arlington National Cemetery recommends “Bodies of War: World War I and the Politics of Commemoration in America, 1919-1933” by L. M. Budreau, “Remembering War the American Way” by G. K. Piehler among others. 

For more information, contact Lynn Rashleigh at 419-344-5837 or lrashleigh@bex.net.