ATTENTION ARTISTS: The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs’ annual National Veterans Day Poster Contest is now accepting submissions. Just as they have done for the past 40 years, the VA is asking for artists around the country to submit their work to the Veterans Day National Committee who will choose one poster among the hundreds of submissions.

Throughout its 40-year history, the National Veterans Day Poster Contest has chosen work that highlights our country’s rich history while also honoring and saluting our Veterans and their brave service. The winning artwork will be used as the cover for the official program for the Veterans Day Observance at Arlington National Cemetery. It will also be sent to VA and military installations around the world.

The theme for this year’s contest is “The War to End All Wars”, which was originally an idealist term given to World War I. Due to the War’s totality and intensity, many believed the world would never see war again after WWI ended in 1918. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

This year, 2018, marks the Centennial Commemoration of World War I’s armistice, which took effect at eleven o’clock in the morning—the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918. The origins of Veterans Day can be traced to Armistice Day, which commemorates the end of World War I.

Interested in seeing winners from years past? You can check them out here. The list goes all the way back to 1978!

The rules of the National Veterans Day Poster Contest are as follows. Submissions must:

  • Be 18” x 24” at 300 dots per inch, scale down submissions to 9”x12.”
  • 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.
  • Representative of the Veterans serving during World War I. 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.
  • Include sufficient information to demonstrate that the image is the work of the artist and is not copyrighted material (i.e. photos and concepts).

Electronic versions can either be:

  • Submitted as jpg images of PDF files by email to [email protected]
  • Or sent on a CD with artwork files to:
    • Veterans Day National Committee (002D)
      Department of Veterans Affairs
      810 Vermont Avenue, NW
      Washington, DC 20420

The final deadline for poster submissions is April 1, 2018. The Veterans Day National Committee will select a winner in May.

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