History of the Challenge Coin
During WWI, pilots carried medallion coins with them as a show of respect, loyalty, oath, and camaraderie for their unit.
This tradition came about after a pilot was shot down, captured, escaped, and then thought to be a spy at the front lines where they were going to execute him. The only ID the pilot had to prove his identity was his coin, which saved his life.
Ninety years later this tradition still continues. Soldiers, police officers, firefighters, and paramedics risk their lives everyday for our safety. They carry their coin as a personal token symbolizing this devotion and allegiance to their unit and service to the public.
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