A Message from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson
America's veterans are the face of America. They come from all walks of life, all ages, all ethnicities. They served our Nation honorably and well and we honor that service, but how do we honor the veteran – the individual who put on the uniform and gave his or her all for our country?
In the spring of 2006 I had the privilege of attending the ANZAC (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) Day ceremonies in Sydney, Australia. ANZAC Day is the most important national holiday in Australia, a combination of Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson
That is why I am calling on America's veterans to wear their military medals on Veterans Day, Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. Wearing their medals demonstrates the deep pride our veterans have in their military service and reminds all American citizens of the sacrifices our veterans have made.
Veterans, wear your pride on your left side on patriotic holidays! Let America know who you are and what you did for freedom.
Click on a link below to see the correct order of precedence for each military service's awards.
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- Replacing Lost Medals (National Archives Web Site)
- Requesting Military Records (National Archives Web Site)
- Reconstructing Lost Records (VA Fact Sheet on reconstructing records lost in the 1973 fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis)
- Memorial Day 2007 Material