2022 Veterans Day Award Nominations and Contest

Date of Release: 
September 29, 2022

Distinguished Veteran and Patriot Award Nominations

Paducah Parks & Recreation is accepting nominations for the 2022 Distinguished Veteran Award and the 2022 Patriot Award until 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 20.

For the Distinguished Veteran Nomination, priority will be given to nominees who currently reside or work in Paducah or McCracken County and to veterans with service from the Korean War or World War II. Each nomination should state why the person deserves the honor, explain the person’s military history, and show how the veteran has made a difference in the community.

For the Patriot Award, nominations are being accepted for non-veteran candidates who dedicate their time to serving veterans and veteran causes in this community.

All nominations must include the name and phone number of the person making the nomination. 

Nomination forms and award criteria are available in the Parks Office or online


Veterans Day Poster & Essay Contest

Entries to the Veterans Day Poster & Essay contest organized by Paducah Parks & Recreation and the Paducah Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution also are due on October 20. The contest is for all K-12 students in Paducah and McCracken County. Judging will be in four divisions:

  • Grades K-2 (8 1/2” x 11” picture, original artwork) – Theme: Veterans Around Me
  • Grades 3-5 (100-150 word essay) – Theme: Veterans Within My Community
  • Grades 6-8 (150-200 word essay) – Theme: Honoring Veterans in My Community
  • Grades 9-12 (200-300 word essay) – Theme: How Should I Honor Veterans In My Community?

First, second, and third place winners will be selected from each grade division with the City of Paducah providing cash awards. First place winners will receive $75. Second place winners will receive $50 with each third place winner receiving $25.

The following must be included with each entry: student’s name, grade, name of school and teacher, and the school’s (or home school's) phone number or email address. Entries must be the original work of the student. 


How to Submit Nominations and Entries

Poster & Essay Contest entries and award nominations can be emailed to parkinfopaducahky.gov, hand-delivered to the Parks office at 1400 H.C. Mathis Drive, or mailed to the following address:

Paducah Parks & Recreation
1400 H.C. Mathis Drive
Paducah, KY 42001

For more information, call the Parks & Recreation Department at 270-444-8508.