BEDFORD, Va. -

A Bedford woman is trying to win a patriotic prize for her community.

Two American towns will win a 4th of July fireworks celebration in a contest called "Red, White, and You."

The winners will be chosen from the best 150-word essays.  Bedford resident Erika Kuhfeldt is hoping her town will be selected.

Bedford's government set off fireworks every Independence Day until last year, when the show was cut to save money.

Kuhfeldt wrote an essay, highlighting the town's historic losses at D-Day.  19 soldiers from Bedford, the most deaths per-capita of any American community, were killed during the World War II invasion of Normandy.

The 70th anniversary of D-Day will take place this summer, and Kuhfeldt believes a fireworks show would be a great way to honor the town's sacrafice.

She hopes others in Bedford will enter their own essay to help the town win.

"Wouldn't it be absolutely fantastic if we could get an outpouring of people from our town, who have the same patriotic sentiment that I do, to win a free fireworks display," Kuhfeldt said.

Essays need to be entered by April 13th.  Click here to visit the contest website.