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The National WWII Museum asks…

“Why should we remember Pearl Harbor?”

We are pleased to announce the award recipients of this year's contest! A sincere thanks to all students who participated. Our middle school winners were chosen from over 500 entries across 35 states. Congratulations to all the winners.

 Check out the winning essays!

 2011 Middle School Essay Contest



TEACHERS: Click here to print out a 2011 Middle School Essay Contest informational flyer



On the morning of December 7, 1941, Japan launched a surprise naval and air attack on US military installations and personnel at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  This attack was quickly followed by a formal Japanese declaration of war against the US.  More than 2,400 Americans were killed that morning, 18 ships were sunk, hundreds of airplanes were damaged or destroyed, and America’s isolation from a world at war was abruptly ended.


Before the attack, most Americans had never heard of Pearl Harbor.  Now, “Remember Pearl Harbor” became a rallying cry for a nation that had to quickly unify, mobilize, and go on the attack.  The slogan could be found on pins and posters, in songs and in speeches. 


It’s 2011.  We have been at peace with Japan for sixty-six years.  In your own words, tell us if you think it is important for students to “Remember Pearl Harbor.”  And, if so, why and how should they remember it?  With all of the things that students must learn about in school, should classes take the time to study Pearl Harbor and America’s entry into World War II seventy years ago?


You can write about historical events, character traits such as courage, teamwork and sacrifice, or how our lives still are (or are not) impacted by a world war that took place 70 years ago.


WWII Museum staff will read and evaluate entries.



The Museum will select one winning essay from each grade.  Winners will receive a $250 prize.  Three honorable mentions from each grade will receive a WWII Museum baseball cap.

Winning essays will be posted on the National WWII Museum's website.  The honorable mentions will be listed on our website.


  • Contest is open to all middle school students in the United States, United States Territories, and military bases.

  • Your essay must be 500 words or less.  Only one essay per student may be submitted.

  • All essays should:

    • be double spaced

    • have 1 inch margins

    • include page numbers

    • include an essay title

    • be typed in 12 point font

    • be in Microsoft Word or a compatible format.

  • Entries must be submitted via the website by March 31, 2011, 5:00pm CST.

  • Museum will accept the first 500 properly formatted entries only.  The website will indicate when 500 essays have been submitted.


The 2011 Essay Contest is now closed for submissions.

Check out the winning essays!



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