Calling all Veteran artists and poets! The National 9/11 Veterans Art Competition is now accepting submissions.

On the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, national Veteran nonprofits Operation Gratitude, Challenge America, and the National Veterans Art Museum, invite Veteran artists to recognize the service and sacrifice of first responders, active-duty service members and Veterans by participating in the National 9/11 Veterans Art Competition.

The art competition seeks to honor the memory of all those who gave their lives on 9/11 and after. By sharing your time and talent with these brave men and women in uniform, we can reveal the selfless courage, generosity and mutual respect that bind us together as Americans at this historic moment in our nation’s history.  

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It is out of this spirit of service and gratitude that we call on Veteran artists to celebrate our nation’s military and first responder heroes. We invite you to join us by entering your submission of 2D art and/or poetry reflecting the theme “Standing United.”

On September 11, we will offer millions of grateful Americans the opportunity to write personal messages of thanks on postcards featuring the winning Veteran artwork. In addition, artists will also compete for the opportunity to display their artwork in the National Veterans Art Museum.  

The deadline for submissions is July 9.

For official rules, please visit To learn about volunteer opportunities with Operation Gratitude, please visit 

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Co-written by staffers from Challenge America and Operation Gratitude.

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Published on Jun. 28, 2021

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  1. Vino Santillan June 30, 2021 at 8:55 pm

    Would like to sign up for the 911 art contest , tried signing up filled out all the info still won’t let me in.

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