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encouraged to wear Military medals on Memorial
Day, show pride, teach younger generations
WASHINGTON --To show their pride in military
teach younger generations about the value of
serving our nation,
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson
urged veterans across the
country to pin on their military medals on
Memorial Day, May 28.
"Wearing their medals demonstrates the deep
pride our veterans have in
their military service," said Nicholson. "It
also reminds all American
citizens -- especially the young -- about the
sacrifices our veterans
have made for their freedom."
He encouraged veterans to display their medals
no matter what they are
doing on Memorial Day, but especially when
attending public events.
Nicholson said he believes the movement will
become a tradition.
Nicholson first urged veterans to wear their
military decorations last
Veterans Day under a program called "Veterans
About 24 million living Americans have served in
the armed forces, with
nearly 18 million wearing the uniforms of the
U.S. military during times
of war and conflict.
Nicholson said he hopes veterans will wear their
medals on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and
Veterans Day, and when attending other patriotic
events. Major U.S. veterans organizations have
endorsed the Veterans Pride Initiative.
Additional information about the initiative is
featured at VA's Web site
veterans can also learn how
to replace mislaid medals or confirm the
decorations to which they are