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On January 29th contestants from around the Department of Maryland gathered at Post 8950 in Lanham, Maryland to find out who won this year's Voice of Democracy Contest. State Commander Williams welcomes attendees to the State Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy Contests State Honor Guard from Post 10159 presenting Colors State VFW Voice of Democracy Chairman Mike Perini, State Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman Felicia Weeks, and State Patriot's Pen Chairman Mike Reamy. Those in attendance to oversee the program. Those in attendance to oversee the contests. Sheet in honor of the contestants who participated in the State's Patriot's Pen and Voice of Democracy Contests. Wearing her jacket that was given to her by the National VFW last year's winner addresses those in attendance. District 1 Commander and President escort their contestant to the podium. District 2 Commander escorts their contestant to the podium. District 4 Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander escorting their contestant to the podium. Post Commander escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. Voice of Democracy contestants awaiting the judging results. Host Post 8950 Commander and fellow officer. State photographer at the contest. Contestant is given a citation and monetary award for her efforts. Contestant given a citation and monetary award for her efforts. Contestant receiving a citation and monetary award for his effort. Contestant given a citation and monetary award for her effort. Contestant given a citation and monetary award for his effort. Contestant given a citation and monetary award for his effort. Contestant given a citation and monetary award for her effort. Contestant given a citation and monetary award for her effort. The winning contestant given a citation and monetary award for his effort.  He will be going to the National Contest in hopes of winning a scholarship State winner of this year's Voice of Democracy Contest giving his winning essay. State VOD Chairman address the young adults and audience following the conclusion of the awards. Shown are the VFW Voice of Democracy Chairman, State Commander, all the contestants, State Auxiliary President, State Auxiliary Scholarship Chairman and National Auxiliary Junior Vice President.  This year's Voice of Democracy Contest with a cake celebrating his win. Address the audience. Post officers escorting their contestant to the podium. District commander escorting contestant to the podium. Post Commander escorting contestant to podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. District Commander and President escorting their contestant to the podium. The contestants for the Patriot's Pen contest await the judging results. VFW and Auxiliary Patriot's Pen Chairmen going over their notes. State Commander and President awarding citation to young lady for her efforts. State Commander and President awarding citation to young lady for her efforts. State Commander and President awarding a citation to a young lady for her efforts. State Commander and President awarding a citation to a young man for his efforts. State Commander and President awarding a young lady a citation for her efforts. State Commander and President awarding District Commander and President a citation and monetary award to their contestant who could not attend the program. State Commander and President awarding citation and monetary award to a young lady for placing in the Patriot's Pen Contest. State Commander and President giving the Patriot's winner a citation and monetary award.  This young man will advance to the National Judging where he can be awarded more awards. Winner of the Patriot's Pen Contest reading his speech to the audience. State Commander commenting on the efforts of all the young adults who entered the contest. National Auxiliary Junior Vice President addressing the audience. State President addresses the audience. Host Post 8950 Commander welcomes the audience to his post and invites all to stay for refreshments. Auxiliary 8950 President welcomes everyone to the Post. Picture of Patriot's Pen Chairman, State Commander, contestants, State Auxiliary President, Auxiliary Chairman, and National Auxiliary Junior Vice President in attendance. Patriot's Pen winner posing with his family. Patriot's Pen winner and Auxiliary President showing off cake in his honor.