Adopting a military tradition, Vanguard University will present each graduating student veteran with a unique challenge coin at the Thursday evening event. The event will take place in the Veterans Courtyard of Honor from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
Military members use challenge coins for recognition, morale and pride. The tradition of carrying challenge coins dates back to World War I when a coin saved a serviceman from execution after escaping German captivity and finding himself in allies’ hands who did not believe he was an ally until they saw the coin.
The coin was a gift from the lieutenant of the man’s squadron. The lieutenant ordered bronze coins for all the men in his squadron to serve as symbols of pride for the men because they carried the unit’s insignia on them. Today, the coins are popular among members of every military branch.
Vanguard University’s challenge coins will honor student veterans and provide two challenges for them as they begin their next season of life. The first challenge is pictured on one side of the coin by a U.S. flag and the flag of whichever branch the student veteran served. This side’s challenge is to “Act Justly, Walk Humbly, and Love Mercy with Commitment, Honor, and Excellence.”
The other side holds the Vanguard University logo with the values of “Truth, Virtue, and Service” imprinted on it. These values serve as another challenge for student veterans to remember as they enter the next chapter of life.
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