In Remembrance of Our Nation's Heroes

United States Patent and Trademark Office Recognizes Trademarks Related to Veterans Day
Press Release

Maria V. Hernandez
Kim Byars

The Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office joins in the commemoration of Veterans Day by recognizing some patriotic trademarks.

Veterans Day has its roots in a 1921 ceremony first held at Arlington National Cemetery to honor an unnamed soldier, "known but to God." Patriotic symbolism abounds on Veterans Day and many of these symbols have trademark registrations.

The American flag, for example, is closely associated with Veterans Day. The flag has taken on added significance for Americans since the terrorist attacks of September 11, reminding us of the original story behind our national anthem. Francis Scott Key was inspired to write, "The Star Spangled Banner," during the British attack on Baltimore's Fort McHenry. The flag that inspired Key is now at the Smithsonian Institution, and the group working to preserve it has registered its name, the "Star Spangled Preservation Project" as a trademark (#2450336).

Veterans Day 2001 gives us the opportunity to offer renewed appreciation for the men and women of the United States armed forces, particularly those associated with Operation Enduring Freedom. Our armed forces have many trademarks associated with their mottos and symbols. One well-known mark is the Army's motto, "Be All You Can Be" (registration# 2063499). The nation's oldest major veteran's organization, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), was established in 1899 and has been a major voice for our nation's veterans. "VFW" a symbol of volunteerism and community service, is a registered trademark (#1686881).

These trademarks, as well as the 2.3 million trademarks registered since 1870, can be seen on the Department of Commerce's United States Patent and Trademark Office website at

Last year USPTO issued 182,223 patents and registered 127,794 trademarks.

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