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Wear your Miniature Medals or Ribbons
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On the Anniversary of Democracy and Individual Freedoms, the BEST way for you to show America and the world that you support our Active military, our veterans and remember our defenders of past wars is to wear one of your military or war service ribbons on your collar.

Every person who sees your military service or war ribbon or miniature medal, proudly worn, can't help but think about our troops and the daily sacrifices they are making, the personal service you performed, and the sacrifices others have made since the Birth of our Nation.

Where To Wear Your Military Ribbon

Military medal ribbons should be worn on the left suit, jacket or coat lapel, shirt collar or on the left shortsleeve.

Clothing The Military Medal Ribbon Should Not Be Worn On

Military Medal ribbons should not be worn on T-shirts, costumes or political garments. If forbidden by an unpatriotic or foreign employer, ribbons should not be worn at work.

Which Military Miniature Medal or Ribbon Should You Select for Daily Wear
(Click here to find out what medals you are authorized)

Any Military Medal ribbon can be selected for daily wear. Ribbons representing Valor or war campaign duty normally take precedence over service ribbons. An Order of Precedence Chart is available:

Compel Every American Who Sees Your Ribbon To Think About Our Troops and Their Need To Support New Veteran's Legislation to Help Returning War Veterans In Need

Answers to Common Questions:

1. Can Qualification Badges be substituted for daily military medal ribbon wear?

No. There is no precedent in American or European military history for the daily wear of a military qualification badge because qualification badges display personal skill or aptitude, not personal sacrifice or service.

2. Can non-military relatives wear a medal or ribbon to honor a deceased military veteran in their family?

No. The Stolen Valor Act of 2007 renders it a federal crime for anyone who is not the medal recipient to verbally, in writing or on their person exhibit recipientship of a military award, whether directly or indirectly. Non-military relatives should instead wear a buttonized or locket-sized photo of their relative, preferrably in uniform. (Relatives may, of course, possess a relative's military awards and publicly display them at home, etc., as long as they make it clear the awards were authorized to the relative.)

3. Can a military ribbon or miniature medal be worn everyday?

Yes. Especially during wartime.

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