CHALLENGE COIN HISTORY
Challenge coins date back to World War I when a lieutenant ordered bronze coins for the men in his squadron. One of the men, who kept the coin in a leather pouch around his neck, was captured by the Germans. The Germans took everything from him except the leather pouch. When he later escaped, he avoided execution by the French when they recognized the unit insignia on the coin. It then became tradition for military members to carry challenge coins.
Today, challenge coins are popular throughout all branches of the military, and most military members have at least one coin in their possession at all times. The challenge coin is used for a variety of reasons, from recognition to morale. Military members carry the challenge coin to display pride and to ensure they are always ready when a coin challenge is initiated by another member of their unit.
Consistent with this military tradition, Vanguard University honors each of our graduating veteran students by presenting them with a unique challenge coin. On one side is a picture of the U.S. flag and the flag of the branch of service the veteran served with a challenge to Act Justly, Walk Humbly, and Love Mercy with Commitment, Honor, and Excellence. On the other side of the coin is the Vanguard University Logo with the values of Truth, Virtue, and Service – a challenge to all of our graduating veterans as they begin their next season in life.
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