VA announces 'Veterans Pride' initiative
Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson, along with leaders of major veterans organizations, announces the Veterans Pride Initiative at the Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters in Washington, D.C., Oct. 18.

WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Oct. 19, 2006) - Leaders of major veterans organizations joined Veterans Affairs Secretary R. James Nicholson here yesterday in launching an effort to "kindle a new spark of patriotism" by asking men and women who have served in the military to wear their medals on Veterans Day.

"We are announcing a 'Veterans Pride Initiative' to remind Americans of the pride and honor in the hearts of those who have served," Nicholson said at a news conference at VA headquarters. "We expect Americans will see our decorated heroes unite in spirit at ceremonies, in parades and elsewhere as a compelling symbol of courage and sacrifice on Veterans Day, the day we set aside to thank those who served and safeguarded our national security."

The campaign is modeled after a tradition in Australia and New Zealand, countries who honor the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps on April 25 each year, VA officials said. Nicholson said he hopes a U.S. tradition will ensue to emulate this pride in being a veteran and in honoring the nation's veterans.

VA is offering information about the campaign at <a href = ""></a>, where veterans also can obtain information about how to replace mislaid medals and learn how to confirm the decorations to which they are entitled.

(From a Department of Veterans Affairs news release.)

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