City of Shawnee

Veterans Day Celebration

Celebrate Veterans Day on Thursday, November 11, 2021 with us online. The City of Shawnee, along with VFW Post 10552, American Legion #327, and the Sons of the American Revolution - Monticello Chapter invite you to join them in honoring all men and women who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces. 

Local VFW Youth Scholarship Winners
The VFW works to promote patriotism and invests in our future generation through a number of youth scholarship programs. Please take a few minutes to recognize the local winners of the Patriot's Pen youth essay contest and the Voice of Democracy speech contest. You can read more about the youth scholarship programs here.
Patriot's Pen Winners


  • 1st place: Sofiah Beck from Maranatha Christian Academy
  • 2nd place: Wyatt Reese from Maranatha Christian Academy
  • 3rd place: Abby Nash from Maranatha Christian Academy

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Sofiah Beck
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Wyatt Reese

Patriot's Pen Winning Essay by Sofiah Beck

How Can I Be a Good American?
Written by Sofiah Beck

“Never stop being a good person because of bad people.” - Anonymous

You can be a good American just by respecting the Pledge of Allegiance and supporting the military. There are so many ways you can be a good American, but you must make a choice.

One way to be a good American is by treating everyone equally. The society we are in
people do not treat each other equally. We think we are better than others just because of the way they look but that does not change anything. People are thinking that if they wear this or have that, certain people will “like” them or “accept” them. We should not have to do that. We should treat everyone the way we would want to be treated no matter what they look like or how they act. This is being a good American.

You can honor those who have died for our country and who still serve in the military.
The people who go into the military are sacrificing their lives. All military people should be
treated with respect. When they go into the military, they take an oath to defend our country. They are putting their lives on the line. We should say thank you and appreciate their sacrifice.

A big part of how you can be a good American is by volunteering to work and help. It
may not seem big, but people really appreciate this. You could go and volunteer at a homeless shelter and supply food and clothes for the homeless. You can go and volunteer to do work in the community. You can go pick up trash or help pick up someone's yard. Small things will make a big impact on anyone. The simple act of helping a lady put her groceries in her car could make her day.

Being a good American can be easy and hard. It is hard to make a choice to step up for
what is right or sit there and be quiet. In our society today there is so much trouble and we need more people to make a choice to be a good American. So, we should make a choice to either sit here, and let bad things keep happening or step up and stand up for what is right. We should choose to be a good American.

Voice of Democracy Winners


  • 1st place: Ava Oglesby from Maranatha Christian Academy
  • 2nd place: Myles Day from Olathe East High School
  • 3rd place: Emily Stalec from Maranatha Christian Academy
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Ava Oglesby

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Myles Day
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Veterans Day
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