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Gift of “Challenge Coin” Dates Back To World War I.

March 29, 2013

Albuquerque- Today, Mayor Richard J. Berry recognized five true heroes who are employed by the City of Albuquerque.

Roger Newall, Tony Fincher, Sam Vallejos, Chris Chavez and Steven Nelson are veterans of various wars and conflicts, ranging from Vietnam to Desert Storm to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Each veteran was presented with a specially made "Challenge Coin" as a token of appreciation for their service. The coin is designed by Roger Newall, the City's liaison for veterans' affairs, and paid for by local citizens and businesses, at no cost to the City.

Challenge coins date back to the First World War and were given to identify members of various military units.

"These veterans stepped forward to protect and defend our country, state and city, often putting their lives on the line for our freedoms," said Mayor Berry. "To honor that sacrifice, we have created a small token of our appreciation and offer them thanks on behalf of the city."

Earlier in the day, Mayor Berry was joined by Councilor Trudy Jones, Councilor Ken Sanchez, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 318, and staff from the New Mexico Veterans Memorial for the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the newly created "Vietnam Veterans' Day" in New Mexico.

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