majority of veterans are not familiar with more than 77
commemorative medals. The tradition of issuing commemorative
medals had been existent since the Revolutionary War,
or for more than 231 years. Then, as now, they
recognize campaigns, service or historical events a veteran
participated in or supported.
medals have grown in response to World War II veterans
who wanted medals to commemorate D-Day, the Battle of
the Bulge and other special events. It has slowly expanded
to cover recent historical military operations.
commemorative medals have replaced ribbons such as the
Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, the Combat Action
Ribbon and one we use often in place of a ribbon: the
U.S. Armed Forces Retired Service Commemorative Medal.
Take a look and see what you are eligible for.
is interesting to note that commemoratives are often issued
before the government campaign medals have been minted.
The two most recent examples being the Liberation of Afghanistan
and the Iraqi Freedom Campaign Medals. We know the newest
ones may not yet be displayed on this page, however we
do have access to them and can place them on your certificate.
If you know of any of any other military commemoratives
that we do not have listed here please let us know.
YOUR CERTIFICATE: We place your govt. issued medals first,
and then we add the commemoratives, or you can order a
certificate with only commemoratives. Commemoratives have
a ribbon for every medal, but not every ribbon has a medal
to go with it.
note: US Govt. issued awards may be worn on your uniform,
but commemoratives are for personal use only, and may
not be worn on your uniform.
your Military Certificate, make a list of all of your
medals, ribbons and badges, including any commemoratives
you would like, then follow the instructions on the Military
Awards Certificates page.