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The Department of Veterans Affairs has issued a call to all veterans to express their patriotism and pride when observing Veterans Day and other major patriotic holidays by wearing the medals earned in their military service.
To show their pride in military service, former Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson urged veterans to wear their military medals on civilian clothes on national patriotic holidays.
The Secretary of Veterans’ Affairs called it a great way to show our communities the spirit of American veterans and to remind neighbors of the service and sacrifice of those who guard democracy.
As we all joined to salute America’s veterans and Armed Forces on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the 4th of July, veterans are urged to wear their medals and show their pride while participating in public observations or just being with friends and family. Individuals’ veteran medals tell a story of service in the cause of freedom that all Americans need to hear.
Q. What is the Veterans Pride Initiative?
A. The Veterans Pride Initiative encourages America’s veterans to wear their medals or miniature replicas on civilian attire on patriotic national holidays. It is derived from an Australia and New Zealand tradition of wearing medals at ceremonies and marches on April 25, ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day.
Q. On what holidays does this initiative recommend veterans wear their medals?
A. It encourages veterans to wear decorations on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.
Q. How should the medals be worn?
A. Veterans wearing their decorations on their civilian clothing should place them over the left breast. Links to information – such as the correct placement of individual awards – are included on http://www.va.gov/veteranspride.