Essay Competition

Submissions open July 1 – Sept. 14

Each year, Arizona high school students are offered the opportunity to recognize and honor a local veteran, writing an essay to flex their creative writing muscles for cash and other prizes. Even the teachers benefit!

Essays must be related to the current year’s parade theme.

Winners receive:

  • Parade participation – winners ride on the Hall of Flame fire truck
  • Cash prizes to the 1st place winner in each grade, and their teacher for use in the classroom
  • Veterans Day commemorative items
  • Winning essays printed in the online parade program and HAV’s website after the event


  • Open to all students in grades 9-12 in the state of Arizona who are of high school age
  • Essays must be 300-500 words, and the creative writing is judged on correct grammar and spelling, originality, content and theme focus
  • Essays must be submitted online via the form below, which appears during the nomination period
  • Applicants are required to include the following:
    • student’s name, age and grade
    • student’s or parent’s email and phone
    • Teacher’s name and class
    • School name, address, and phone number

All submitted essays become the property of Honoring America’s Veterans. 
Winners are expected to be available for a studio recording in Phoenix where they’ll read their essay.

Submissions open July 1 – Sept. 14


The application form will appear here during the open nomination period.