It has been the custom of all nations since ancient times for Governments to recognize special acts of gallantry upon the field of battle, marked devotion to duty in the service of the country and long and faithful service in the various branches of the army and navy by granting special honors and by conferring medals and decorations.
These medals and decorations are proudly worn and highly prized by the recipients as a visible evidence of service well done, and they are often handed down to posterity as valued heirlooms.
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