DALLAS -- The holidays evoke fond memories of family gatherings, delicious food and fun. Those memories could be worth $1,000 in the Army & Air Force Exchange Service's "Sweet Holiday Story" contest.From Oct. 31 -- Dec. 25, authorized shoppers 18 years old or older can submit an essay of 500 words or less about one of their favorite holiday memories. The winning entry will receive a $1,000 Exchange gift card with second and third place receiving $500 and $300 gift cards, respectively."From the Soldier coming back from deployment to spend his first holiday with a newborn to the Airman receiving a promotion in front of his family, there's no doubt we're going to receive many heartwarming stories," said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Sean Applegate, the Exchange's senior enlisted advisor.Essays can be sent to patriotfamily@aafes.com and will be judged on creativity and the ability to inspire. Winners will be notified no later than February 7, 2015.Complete rules and details can be found at www.shopmyexchange.com/patriot-family.