Winning design selected in the 2022 Veterans Day Poster Contest

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Each year, the National Veterans Day Committee (VDNC) selects a commemorative Veterans Day poster from designs submitted by artists across the country for the annual Veterans Day Poster Contest. In addition to lining the walls of VA facilities, military installations, and civic buildings in cities and towns across America, the poster will also serve as the official program cover of the Veterans Day Commemoration at the National Cemetery. from Arlington on November 11.

Briana Cummings, a visual information specialist who has worked at the Erie VA Medical Center (VAMC) in Erie, Pennsylvania since January 2020, submitted the winning design for this year’s Veterans Day Poster Contest. She was inspired to create her submission after learning that this year’s theme was honor.

The winner of the 2022 Veterans Day Poster Contest.

“I immediately thought of the benches at the memorial. The poster is a compilation of three different photographs from Erie Veterans Memorial Park,” she said. “The bottom one is from the Vietnam Memorial Wall. The middle, the duty…the honor…the country, is engraved on the granite benches [near the wall]. I feel that the hierarchy of images flows very symbolically, the flag in the sun at the top, the bench in the middle and the silhouettes of the soldiers who support them from below.

From an early age, Cummings knew she wanted to create art for a living. Although she is not a veteran herself, she has strong ties to the veteran community.

“My dad is a veteran who served in peacetime and receives medical care here in Erie VA. My mother’s father, my grandfather, served in World War II; I have a cousin who is a sailor and an uncle who served in Vietnam, and then once I became an employee [of VA Erie VAMC]I met so many other veterans that I became very close to.

Cummings said she entered the contest because “It’s scary that there are people out there willing to put their lives on the line for me and everyone else who lives in this county. It’s amazing. Grateful doesn’t begin to cover it. Some don’t realize how lucky we are to have our freedoms. We have citizens who are willing to die for them. To me, there is nothing more worthy of my efforts than to give back and support those who are willing to make that sacrifice.

To honor and thank veterans for giving so much in service to America and protecting the freedoms of others around the world, the National Veterans Day Committee hosts an annual Veterans Day observance on Nov. 11 at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony begins precisely at 11:00 am with the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade in the colors of veterans’ organizations and speeches by dignitaries.

For more information on the annual Veterans Day celebration, visit https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/.

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