A few months back, I picked up this lapel pin from a website called Patriot Post. It really resonated with me and it is totally different from what many others are wearing. Admittedly, I don’t wear a suit very often, mostly on Sundays for church. There are a few reasons why this stood out to me.
First of all wearing an American flag doesn’t say much. You may be wearing it because you are a patriot or you maybe wearing it to try and convince others that you are a patriot. I have noticed in the last 2 or 3 years that many politicians I see in the news are wearing American flag lapel pins. I am not a fan of putting on airs. I am not big on advertising for another organization or business. I really have to be sold on something and truly believe in a product, company, or service to share or offer it for others. I had been looking for a lapel pin that is unique and looks good. One that speaks to my personality and character. One that is truly different. I found just such a pin.
This is what is looks like and here is the explanation and translation of the Latin.
Our Latin motto is Veritas vos Liberabit (WAIR-ih-tahss wohss lee-beh-RAH-bit) — The truth will make you free. The origin is John 8:31-32, Jesus speaking, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus, et Fidelis — Always Vigilant, Brave, Prepared and Faithful. You can get one here -> Lapel Pin
Now, I have been asked about this pin several times, once I was asked if it was a modified Captain America shield. I have given out a few of them. In fact, I will be ordering more to keep in my suit pocket to pass out. This pin has also provided me with opportunities to teach others about these values that I hold dear. These values that are important to me and need to be taught, reinforced, and reengaged in our American culture and society. Values that have caused America and Americans to stand out world wide. Values that have stood for time.