Miley Doads 1st Place Patriot’s Pen, Karen Cain Sec/Treasurer and Award Organizer, Iris Nicholson-Crotty 2nd Place Patriot’s Pen, Mary Caroline Walker 3rd Place Patriot’s Pen, VFW Commander George Kristoff, Katelyn Shelly 1st Place Voice of Democracy.
Post Commander George Kristoff, President Auxiliary Toni Kristoff, and Secretary/Treasurer Auxiliary Karen E. Cain
Bloomington, Indiana – January 19, 2024
The VFW Post 604, recognized as the oldest post in the state, celebrated its 103rd birthday with a banquet last weekend, marking the occasion by announcing the local winners of the Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy scholarship competitions.
The banquet, a gathering of veterans, community members, and scholarship participants, highlighted the commitment of VFW Post 604 to supporting education and fostering patriotism among the youth in the community.
Patriot’s Pen Winners:
- Miley Doads – 1st Place
- Iris Nicholson-Crotty – 2nd Place
- Mary Caroline Walker – 3rd Place
Voice of Democracy Winner:
- Katelyn Shelly – 1st Place
The Voice of Democracy program, established in 1947, is an initiative by the VFW to provide high school students with a platform to express themselves through a democratic and patriotic-themed recorded essay. Annually, around 25,000 students from ninth to twelfth grade participate across the nation, competing for a share of more than $1 million in educational scholarships and incentives.