The mission of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) is to fulfill our Nation’s promise to Veterans for their service and sacrifice to our Nation. Each year — through a national Veterans Day poster contest — VA’s National Veterans Outreach Office, in conjunction with the Veterans Day National Committee, publishes a commemorative Veterans Day poster. The commemorative poster is selected from numerous creative contributions from U.S. citizens nationwide. The poster is distributed to VA facilities and military installations around the world, and graces the cover of the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery. Through the years, these posters have illustrated the rich history of our country's protectors, and remind all who see them of the accomplishments and struggles of our Veterans, past and present. From Revolutionary War battles, to an Old Guard soldier rendering a salute in a solemn ceremony, the vivid images and artwork in the posters cause us to pause and reflect in homage to those who paved the way for our freedom.
The Veterans Day National Committee is currently seeking submissions for the 2015 national Veterans Day poster. Do you have an idea for a national Veterans Day poster? If so, the Veterans Day National Committee wants to hear from you.
Poster submission guidelines:
The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2015.
Please do not send originals. No submitted materials will be returned to the sender.
Submissions must include sufficient information to demonstrate that the image is the work of the artist and is not copyrighted material (i.e. photos and concepts).
Submissions must also 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).
Submissions must also reflect the diversity of our Veteran and military population in terms of race, gender, and disability status.
Submissions are not solely 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.
Examples of past winning submissions may be viewed at: http://www.va.gov/vetsday. Scroll down and click on “Poster Gallery”.
A selection committee will convene in May 2015 to review submissions and make a final selection.
If you have any questions, please contact the Veterans Day Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.