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    http://www1.va.gov/veteranspride/
    There is a new initiative for veterans to wear their awards on Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and Independence Day. I think it would be pretty cool to open carry while 'wearing our pride on the left side'.


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    Not a bad idea but not for me.

    I have a problem wearing something that's 'miltary issue' in civilian clothes. I'm still not crazy about seeing civlians wearing cammie trousers. But I am getting over it.
    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." - Thomas Jefferson

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    They are actually encouraging Vets to ware there medals on Veterans day now. I am still on active duty for the next 6 months, then I get to retire and just be a Vet. LOL.

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    Well there is an old tradition at formal occasions of gentlemen wearing ribbons and decorations. I don't know for sure that the Corps has a problem with it, I can't find anything prohibiting it. It's interesting that the Marine Corps allows wear of uniforms after separation under certain conditions. http://www.marcorsyscom.usmc.mil/sit...20Uniforms.htm

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    I don't think I'm gonna wear mine. I agree that they look out of place on civilian clothes. I don't think this is going to catch on.

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    VAopencarry wrote:
    Not a bad idea but not for me.

    I have a problem wearing something that's 'miltary issue' in civilian clothes. I'm still not crazy about seeing civlians wearing cammie trousers. But I am getting over it.
    I agree with the medal part. I think they are a little out of place on civilian clothes. I would just have trouble wearing something like that.

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    I definitely understand the reluctance. Especially coming from former Marines. I think if this tradition is going to take hold here a good informal rule might be wearing the medals on a coat with a tie at least.




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    Hopefully, wife permitting, I'm going to wear my biker vest to a veterans day parade here while open carrying. It has an old unit patch on it, but that is the only official military insignia. I am looking forward to using the new Serpa for my XD in an open carry environment.

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    reefteach wrote:
    I am looking forward to using the new Serpa for my XD in an open carry environment.
    Serpa with an XD, a very good choice if I do say so myself. I have OC'ed with mine a few times, that is before my brother borrowed the Serpa for his XD. :?

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    Wearing decorations on civilian formal wear sounds like something the British might do. Of course in America, people pretty much do what they want, especially since the Vietnam era.

    I read that Marine Corps regs page, Longwatch, and I think it's pretty funny. I loved the Corps and all, but I'm out now, and out is out. They don't like the way I dress nowadays they can go....well, I'll keep it clean. Once when I was a 20-something Marine I thought all civilians were slimy and that they needed to be told how to dress. Now that I'm one of them and have been for quite a while that attitude has gone right out the window.

    In any case, I'm not one for wearing stuff like that. I like to keep my service time and other past history to myself when walking out in public. In fact, the thing I dislike most about open-carry is the attention it draws, but small price to pay I guess.

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    Tomahawk wrote:
    Of course in America, people pretty much do what they want, especially since the Vietnam era.

    American's have been doing it since some of the first medals were issued in the 19th century. The GAR (Grand Army of the Republic), a northern Civil War veteran's organization, had a non-military civilian style dress code and medals are seen on some members in photos and newsreels.

    These grand old soldiers look great and classy and started the American tradition.

    It's your day so feel free to wear your medals(next year or every day/special occasion?). Andit also helps remind thosearound youto reflectupon and honor those who serve.

    It also helps toexpand the credibility and respectabilityof OC in the eyes of otherwise neutral/condition whitepatriots.


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    I wore my VFW t-shirt and open carried all day. Ukropts, WalMart, Home Depot, Target etc... No problems. Left my medals on the uniform in the closet.

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