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  • Writer's pictureAl Carter

Symbology Behind Our Veterans Medal

The Florida Veterans Foundation Service Medal is a small, medallion-like token, adorned with the organization’s name and the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs. Its design, is both classic and simplistic and gives reverence to both the Services and the United States.

The front of the medallion, struck on gold metallurgy, shows a waving flag encircle by an intertwined rope. The wavering flag symbolizes the commitment and dedication to the cause of freedom and democracy. The intertwined rope symbolizes the tight knit bond that each individual and each brand of service holds for one another.

Emblazoned on the back of the medallion, also encircled by intertwined rope, is the emblem of the six services that comprise our Armed Forces. The two large stars mounted vertically on opposite sides of the coin are symbols of the protection, comfort, and hope our nation reflects across the globe. The nine smaller stars encircling the Armed Forces emblem have dual symbology. Its numerology based, and denotes the spiritual growth, universal love, and compassion the Florida Veterans Foundation shows to Veterans and their Family Members and the Armed Forces radiates or projects as it supports operations and causes across the World.

There is a red, white, and blue ribbon that harnesses the medallion. Just like the American flag, according to custom and tradition, white signifies purity and innocence; red, hardiness and valor; and blue signifies vigilance, perseverance, and justice.

Service Medals, alike Challenge coins serve as a symbol of membership, belonging, and camaraderie, forging a strong bond among those who possess them. Know that in receiving the Florida Veterans Foundation’s Veteran Service Medal, you are among a brotherhood of arms, who served selflessly and valiantly in the Armed Forces of the United States.

-Al Carter

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