Pensacola, Fla.  – The National Naval Aviation Museum and Naval Aviation Museum Foundation are excited to present the SALUTE Art and Essay contest to students all across the nation. To participate, each student must submit artwork or an essay that recognizes the sacrifice, service, and commitment of our service members and their families for a chance to have their artwork displayed in the Museum.

All public, private, and homeschooled students in grades Kindergarten – 12 are encouraged to participate. The contest calls for entries of original artwork from students in grades K – 12 and essays from students in grades 6 – 12.

“We’re excited to see how each student will utilize their creativity and imagination to recognize our nation’s military men and women,” said retired Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, President, and CEO of the Naval Aviation Museum Foundation.

Entries will be collected in February, March, and April. The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 22. The contest will be separated and judged in separate grade-level groups. Winners will be awarded in May.

All art must be created using only pencils, paint, charcoal or markers. Three-dimensional art pieces, photography, and digital art are ineligible. Glitter is not permitted on any art pieces. The art must be 11-by-17 inches or smaller. Drop-off locations are available in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Content submitted will not be returned.

Essay submissions must be between 200 to 500 words typed using double-spaced lines. Essay submissions can be mailed or emailed.

Ribbons will be awarded to the SALUTE Art and Essay contest first, second, and third place winners in each category. All winning submissions will be displayed at the National Naval Aviation Museum for Military Appreciation Month in May. First place winners’ submissions will be displayed in the National Naval Aviation Museum for an entire calendar year. First-place winners will also receive a $100 savings bond and each winner’s teacher will receive a $50.00 gift card.

For details about the requirements and how to submit entries please visit

For contest questions please contact Dianna Hayden at [email protected] or 850-308-8935.


· Friday, April 22 (11:59 p.m.) – Deadline for all online submissions.
· Friday, May 6 – Winners will be announced by this date.

About the National Naval Aviation Museum

The National Naval Aviation Museum features nearly 350,000 square feet of displays and is one of the world’s largest aviation museums. Located aboard Pensacola Naval Air Station, the facility boasts more than 150 beautifully restored aircraft representing Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard aviation. Be sure to visit Hangar Bay One, displaying aircraft of the post-WWII era including presidential helicopter, Marine One. Among the countless things to touch, see and experience are thrilling 3D and HD flight simulators and the new Blue Angels 4D Experience. Don’t miss the drama and power of the new laser-powered Giant Screen digital theater. The Cubi Bar Café offers a unique dining experience, and the Flight Deck Store is the perfect place to find a souvenir that captures the spirit of Naval Aviation. Museum admission is FREE. NAS Pensacola is limited to current Department of Defense (DoD) ID cardholders (active duty service members, retirees, and their families) and Veterans who possess a Veterans Health Identification Card (VHIC) from the Department of Veterans Affairs that displays the Veteran’s eligibility status. The National Naval Aviation Museum is open daily from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

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