This is the 26th year of the Voices of Peace Poetry Contest sponsored by the Veterans For Peace (VFP), Cpl. Jeffrey M. Lucey Chapter 041, Cape Cod. The organization salutes all writers who submitted poems, including winners Harlow B. Hannah of Vineyard Haven, and Amaya Hyde from Aquinnah. The contest is open to all Cape and Islands writers and the winning poems are presented as originally submitted from grades kindergarten through 12 and from adults.
Through this contest, Veterans For Peace links poetry to problems of world peace, security, and human well-being. A press release from Veterans for Peace says, “Particularly for younger poets, poetry is one way of seeing things from a different perspective and provides them with the opportunity to honestly express their feelings toward building better relationships, for a better world.”
This year there were 51 winners, and a total of 438 poets who participated, representing 29 schools with a total of 51 teachers facilitating student submissions.