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“Last year we saw tens of thousands of students nationwide take to the streets to demand action to stop mass shootings and stem the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our communities.

Our youngest generation has grown up with active-shooter drills, hiding under their desks—and now they’re saying enough is enough,” said Senator Dianne Feinstein.

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There are many interesting facts about US military uniform buttons.

Here are some of those - with examples, all buttons pictured are from my collection.

I am using many references to Albert’s button book, probably the best resource for US military uniform buttons.

Many were American manufacturers; there were also several British and a few French manufacturers as well.

There were other buttons made this way, such as GAR (Grand Army of the Republic) veteran’s buttons.

The screw shank can be removed, and the button reversed, to become an ordinary black-faced button for civilian dress, or attached as shown, to turn that coat into a uniform.

Note too how the eagle on the Coast Guard buttons (at the bottom) changed from facing left to facing right at the same time as with the US Navy in 1941.

The US Life Saving Service button pictured in the previous post – second row, far right - is a reversible button with a threaded shank.

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