Sinfonia Veterans Challenge Coin – Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia

Brother Christopher Alexander Patterson was initiated into the Kappa Sigma chapter of Phi Mu Alpha at Valparaiso University in 2010. As a service member of the United States National Guard, Brother Patterson thought there should be a challenge coin for Phi Mu Alpha, and was working on a design for one before he lost his life in January of 2012 while on active duty in the Kandahar Province of Afghanistan.

Christopher was initiated in October 2010 into the Kappa Sigma Chapter at Valparaiso University, where he was studying music education. Coming from a strong military family, Christopher enlisted with the Indiana National Guard and served as a 12B Combat Engineer with the 713th Engineering Company based out of the Valparaiso Armory. When his unit was activated, he did not have to go, but he chose to serve his country.

Following Christopher’s death, his mother and father picked up the torch to carry on the good work and vision that Brother Patterson felt so strongly about. Completing the work that Chris has started, a final Sinfonia Veteran Challenge Coin design was produced in time for the 2012 National Convention in Orlando, FL.

It is in the will of the Patterson family and by decree of the National Executive Committee that the Challenge Coin is now a reality and offered to any and all Sinfonian veterans of the armed forces of the United States. Designed to bring Sinfonian veterans together with other brothers, Sinfonia is tremendously proud to offer this challenge coin to honor our veterans in a uniquely Sinfonian way. With the exception of those who are on active duty – who can have them sent directly to them – coins can be obtained through chapters, provinces, or national events along with a special ceremony honoring our brothers’ service.