2018 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Fourth Place
$1,500 Sandy Germany Department of Alabama Scholarship

Meaghan Curren | 12th Grade
“Untitled” | Medium: Colored Pencil
Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 2728 | Winchester, Kentucky

“Patriotism is not a choice made on a day to day basis; rather, a decision made for life. Patriotism is having pride and appreciation for our hard-earned, beautiful country. There is no better portrayal of this than the ones who served and sacrificed for it. These are the men and women who display pure, unwavering forms of patriotism. I asked my grandfather, a Vietnam veteran, if I could take his picture for this contest. Pride and honor immediately sparked in his eyes. He was willing to represent his beloved country once more, even in his everyday life. In his casual sweater and United States Air Force hat, my grandfather reminisced once more. He put on his Air Force hat as he did many years ago while serving in Vietnam. He showed his pride for America in an image that will last forever; one that will never fade away.” – Meaghan Curren