By Bob Katzen

The Executive Office of Veterans Services has announced a contest for residents to design a new logo for that office which in March was elevated to be part of the governor’s cabinet rather than just a state agency.

The announcement notes that over the past six months, the office has undergone a significant transformation in the departments and programs under its umbrella, including overseeing the state’s veteran’s homes in Holyoke and Chelsea.

“We are at a pivotal juncture where our logo needs to mirror the diversity of today’s veterans, whose service spans eras from World War II to Afghanistan,” said Jon Santiago, the former Boston state representative who is now the secretary of Veterans Affairs. “The new … logo should embody transparency, accountability and our mission to honorably serve those who served us.”

The current logo features a minuteman, symbolizing the Massachusetts militia dating back to the mid-18th century. The contest invites participation from residents ages 18 and older. All designers are encouraged to channel their creativity into a logo that encapsulates the camaraderie, resilience and sacrifices of veterans, both past and present. The deadline to submit designs is October 4, 2023.

“We are eager to witness the outpouring of talent and dedication as Massachusetts residents contribute to shaping a symbol that embodies the true essence of our veterans and their families,” said Santiago.

For details on how to enter, go to: https://www.mass.gov/eovs-logo-contest

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