The New Milford VFW Auxiliary has announced that the National Veterans of Foreign Wars’ themes and deadlines for its high school and junior high essay contests this year.

The Voice of Democracy theme is "American History: Our Hope for the Future" and the Patriot Pen theme "America's Gift to My Generation.”

The deadline to submit an entry to the local VFW and auxiliary is Nov. 1.

Entries for the annual Patriotic Art Competition is March 1.

Entries and instructions have been mailed to local schools.

Last year more than $3 million in awards were given out at VFW National, state and local levels to winning entrants.

For more information or to request an entry form, call 860-355-0552.