VVMF Holds Memorial Day Video Contest

Students, we are giving you the opportunity to take part in our very first video contest! What does it require? 5 minutes of your time, a video camera, and you telling us what Memorial Day means to you. Spark your creativity, raise your voice and show us what it means to remember those who have paid the ultimate price for our nation.

Memorial Day has come to be known as a day in which we honor the men and women who died while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It’s a time for reflection as we remember their sacrifice. Your video does not have to have a Vietnam War connection, just your personal thoughts and ideas on Memorial Day. It could win you a three-day trip to  Washington, D.C., and the chance to participate in our Memorial Day ceremony! Read below for a full list of video contest guidelines:

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Memorial Day Video Contest 2014 

What does Memorial Day mean to me?


Eligibility: Submissions will be accepted by any students in grades 4 through 12 in the United States,

United States territories, or military bases abroad.


Guidelines: A short video (5 minutes or less) describing what importance the Memorial Day holiday

holds for you.


Prize: The Grand Prize winner and one guardian will receive a 3-day trip to Washington DC (hotel and

flight expenses covered) to participate in the Memorial Day 2014 ceremony at the Vietnam Memorial,

with a chance to meet VVMF founder Jan Scruggs. Two runners up will receive a set of books on the

Vietnam Memorial and Vietnam War signed by VVMF founder Jan Scruggs. All three finalists will have

their videos featured on the VVMF website & social media during the month of Memorial Day.


Deadline: Submit your video by May 5, 2014, 5 pm EST.


How to Submit: *Email video files to comms@vvmf.org. Include in your email: Your full name, your grade

level, your school, your home address, and your email address.


Judging: Videos will be judged by a panel of Vietnam content experts, including:

• Mark Lawrence, Associate Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin

• Lindy Poling, award-winning 35-year high school history teacher

• Ron Milam, Associate Professor of Military History, Texas Tech University

• Larry Berman, Founding Dean, Honors College, Georgia State University

• George Herring, Professor of History Emeritus, University of Kentucky

• Erin Blasco, Education Specialist, National Museum of American History


Criteria: Submissions will be judged on several factors: quality of speech/writing; complexity of topics

discussed; web presence; creativity.


*–When you submit your entry via email, we will respond to you with the photo/video release, IP release, and official contest rules. Entrants will not be eligible for the grand prize until they’ve returned those forms to us, signed. For more information, e-mail comms@vvmf.org