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Veterans Day - November 11

2016 National Veterans Day Poster

Calling all artists! The 2016 National Veterans Day Poster Contest is underway.

Every year, VA's 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 and across cities and towns 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 Servicemembers. The winning posters clearly reflect our pride and patriotism in saluting Veterans while providing the thematic artistry for the year.

Poster guidelines, submissions must:

  • Be 18” x 24” at 300 dots per inch, scale down submissions to 9”x12.”
  • 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).

Submit electronic versions as jpg images or PDF files by email to vetsday@va.gov 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

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. To view examples of past winning submissions visit www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/gallery.asp.

The deadline for submissions is Apr. 15, 2016. A selection committee will convene in May 2016 to review submissions and make a final selection.

Questions? Contact the Veterans Day Coordinator at vetsday@va.gov.

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 questions and more information about Veterans Day Observances, please contact the Veterans Day Coordinator.

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