2017 Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest
Second Place
$5,000 Scholarship

Sarah Anderson
12th Grade
Media: Pastel
Sponsored by VFW Auxiliary 3377, Manchaca, Texas
Department of Texas

“There is something intriguingly appealing about patriotism: a sacrificial and selfless motivation that drives one to fight for the freedom of the country they value. One can say and do nothing more courageous than to die for those they love. That is what this picture illustrates-a veteran who has lost both his prime years and his dear friend to the war. The top left corner displays an image of two young soldiers side by side in battle, and represents a memory the veteran has of the friend whose grave he is visiting. It is a bittersweet image of love, sorrow and sacrifice, and portrays what it means to be a veteran.” – Sarah Anderson