Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge In the News

Source: Tacoma Weekly, Original article

January 16, 2023

The AMVETS “Americanism Contest” is a patriotic program teaching our youth from kindergarten through 12th grade about their American heritage, civics and citizenship. The program includes a flag drawing, a poster and an essay contest which are grade specific and age appropriate.

K–1st grade: Flag Coloring Contest;
2nd–5th grade: Poster Contest; and
6th–12th grade: Essay contest, “What does freedom look like?”

The deadline for the contest must be postmarked by April 15.

All entries will be judged at Amvets Post 1 and AMVETS Department of Washington. AMVETS Department will forward all of the first-place winners of each category to the National Level by July 1. AMVETS National will choose a 1st– and 2nd-place winner in each category coming from all of the participants in the United States during the AMVETS National Convention in August. 

For 9th-and 10th-graders who participate in the AMVETS National Americanism essay contest and are a 1st-place winner from AMVETS Department of Washington, they will win an all-expense paid trip to “Freedoms Foundation” in Valley Forge, Penn., for the Spirit of America Youth leadership seminar, which takes place every year on the first Thursday in November through the following Sunday (four days).

Please mail your completed Flag, Poster or Essay Contest entry along with the contest entry form to: AMVETS Post 1, ATTN: Taryn Hopey, Department 2nd Vice Commander, 5717 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, WA 98409. Entry packets can be downloaded at

If you have any questions, please call Taryn at (253) 579-5638.

Article Credit: Tacoma Weekly

Photo Credit: Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge

(Please note that this article was originally published on Tacoma Weekly as cited above. Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge does not claim shared articles or their picture(s) as original work.)

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