VOICE OF DEMOCRACY

Voice of Democracy

Established in 1947, our Voice of Democracy audio-essay program provides high school students with the unique opportunity to express themselves in regards to a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay.  Each year, nearly 25,000 9-12 grade students from across the country enter to win their share of more than $2 million in educational scholarships and incentives awarded through the program. 

The national first place winner receives a $35,000 scholarship paid directly to the recipient’s American university, college or vocational/technical school. A complete list of other national scholarships range from $1,000-$21,000, and the first place winner from each VFW Department (state) wins at least a scholarship of $1,000. Before submitting your essay, read the rules and eligibility requirements, and applications must be turned in by midnight, Oct. 31 to the Merrimack post. Download and complete the 2023-2024 Voice of Democracy entry form here.

 

2023-2024 Theme
"What are the greatest attributes of our Democracy?”


About the 2021-2022 winner ...

Daniela Mare, a junior at Sachem High School North in Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, was named the 2021-2022 Voice of Democracy first place winner. Daniela's speech on the theme, "America: Where Do We Go from Here?" won her a $30,000 college scholarship. Daniela was sponsored by VFW Post 9486 and its Auxiliary in Centereach, New York. Watch as Daniela delivered her speech during the VFW's virtual Parade of Winners award ceremony.

Want to catch up on everything that happened this year? You can watch the full virtual Parade of Winners ceremony which was streamed live on Facebook, or see this year's complete list of winners.

 

Post News

Important Info for Post8641 Members

988 Veterans Crisis Hotline

New number to make it easier to call for help or to talk.

NH Dept. Scholarship Awards

On Saturday January 14th the Department of NH held the Scholastic Awards and Banquet and here are the winners:

National News

Important info from National VFW

VFW DAV and PVA Release Independent Budget Recommendations for the Department of Veterans Affairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Leading veterans service organizations, the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW),

VFW Action Alert: Claim Sharks Are Illegal

Claim Shark companies have made statements that they aren't breaking the law because they don't charge fees for "preparing" veterans' claims. Claim...

FOLLOW US

Announcements


Meat Raffle: Saturday, February 10th, 4:00 pm
 
 
 
 
 
There is always a hot meal on Thursday evening provided by Past Auxiliary President Frank Clayton. Thank you Frank! - The meal is inexpensive ($3) and the cost is only to cover the cost of the food. If you cannot afford it just let us know.
 
 
 


 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 

 
 
 
There is a lot of information on this website. Please take a look around and check back often as events and information changes.

DONATE TO MERRIMACK VFW POST 8641

Our programs support our service members while they are on the front line, as they are being discharged and long after they return. Your tax-deductible donation will be immediately directed to the VFW programs where your support is most urgently needed.

DONATE NOW

JOIN OUR NEWSLETTER

Keep up-to-date on how the VFW is working to improve the quality of life for veterans, service members & their families and the community.
No Once Does More For Veterans