VFW essay contest asks: ‘What the Vietnam Wall means to Me’

It is the legacy of this great country, and its sacred duty to pass on the history and the lessons of America’s story to each new generation. An integral part of that story is the Vietnam Memorial Wall, which honors and will honor into perpetuity the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to their country.

Within that granite wall in Washington, D.C., are inscribed the names of 58,320 heroes. They came from every state in the nation. They were of every race, creed and ethnicity, but they shared in common an obedience and dedication to serve their country, and to that end they gave their last and finest measure.

In October 2019, a traveling replica of the Vietnam Wall, “The Wall That Heals,” is coming to the Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 in Ocean View. There will be many events and tributes to the heroes on that wall, and we are asking that, as young Americans, you add your own voices to this great and solemn celebration.

The Mason Dixon VFW Post 7234 is conducting an essay contest for young people in grades 5-12. The title of the Essay Contest is “What the Vietnam Wall means to Me.” Each young person who participates in the contest will receive a certificate. There will be two winners announced (grades 5-8 and 9-12). The winners will be presented with a memorial pin, $100 and the opportunity to read their essay at one of the celebratory events being held at the VFW before our Vietnam veterans and guests.

It is our hope that many of young people in our local schools, both public and private, will enter the contest and join with us in honoring the bravery and sacrifice of these great unsung heroes.

Please review the sheet of instructions for the essay, and do not hesitate to contact Fulton Loppatto, VFW Post 7234, Adjutant General, by email at vfwpost7234@vfw7234.com, if you have any questions regarding eligibility or essay content.


By Fulton Loppatto

VFW Post 7234


VFW Essay Contest: ‘What the Vietnam Wall means to Me’


All students in grades 5-12 in both public and private schools are invited to submit an essay.



The essays submitted should be typed. Essays may be no less than 350 words, nor longer than 500 words. All essays are to be the original work of the student. Essay winners will be invited to a Vietnam ceremony and should be prepared to publicly read their essays. Winning essays will be framed and displayed at the VFW post.

The deadline for submitting essays is Sept. 20. Student work received after that date cannot be considered.


“The VFW is proud to invite the voices of our young people to become a part of this wonderful event. It is our hope that classroom teachers will encourage their participation.”


Mail or email essays to: “Essay Contest” VFW Post 7234, 29265 Marshy Hope Way, Ocean View, DE 19970. attn: fulton loppatto