A writing contest for Pickens County's military personnel is in full swing. This contest is for those now serving or those who have served in the United States Armed Services. First prize is $100. The contest has three categories: Combat; Non-combat and a special category for the immediate families of service men and women.
May is National Military Appreciation Month. Members of the military seldom are revered as they should be. Whether it be peace time or a time of war, the service is a great interruption in people's lives. And it comes generally at the prime of life.
Those who have not served have no real idea of what is entailed. Even the families of those in service don't have much of an idea. Many who return from duty tell only very few stories. Without something written down, the sacrifices are all but forgotten by everyone except those who made them.
This contest is designed in hopes that a few military memories will survive.
The deadline for entries has been extended till Friday, June 14 (Flag Day). It is simple to enter. Type 1,500 words or less as your entry. The author's name should not show on the entry but should be placed on a cover sheet along with contact information. Submit it to the e-mail address:
It is hoped that our military personnel will accept this as a challenge. Those who have served have already accepted many challenges. This challenge should certainly not be insurmountable.