You will be very proud when you are looking on a group of American Legion members from Danville, Ind. Post 118 perform a 21-gun salute to fallen vets on the group’s annual Memorial Day Tour.

It’s 8:14 a.m., and about 25 people mill around the small country cemetery, pulling weeds and putting flowers on the graves of relatives.

The true significance of Memorial Day and the sacrifices made by the veterans buried in those cemeteries could get lost in the other hoopla surrounding the three-day weekend that marks the start of summer.

Without pause, the melancholy strains of taps begin to spill from a bugle, chasing the fading echoes of gunfire across the rolling farmland. Just like Gilbreath who is a Vietnam War-era vet said that everything we have in America is because of the sacrifices made by veterans. So what we should to do for them, now it’s the least we can do, salute to fallen vets on the group’s annual Memorial Day tour.

Salute to Fallen Vets on Memorial Day Tour 2011

Take a closer look at the American service members who have died in the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and beyond.


Military Prayer PlaqueA Soldier Payer Plaque. The military plaque features a touching design with praying hands subtly placed in front of the American flag. This design is both a solute and a prayer.

Since Memorial Day was moved to become part of a three-day weekend about 40 years ago, the change has undermined the true spirit of the holiday. Most people think about BBQs and swimming pools and races instead of think about the millions of men and women who died serving their country all the way back to the Revolutionary War.

Though, we will remember all the great men and women who sacrifice their lives for our happiness and peace.


The American flag is one of the most recognized symbols of the world. Americans have historically held a great deal of affection for the flag. One such example of this affection is demonstrated when Flag Day was conceived by George Balch, a New York City kindergarten teacher.

During these times when we have men and women engaged in conflict overseas and around the world preserving our freedom it is important to reflect on any holiday that makes us pause and remember that the freedoms we enjoy and the symbols that go along with that freedom; such as the American flag.

The History of Flag Day

Flag Day was conceived by George Balch, a New York City kindergarten teacher. Balch had planned ideas of observing Flag Day with appropriate activities and ceremonies for the children of his school on June 14, 1889. Later, Balch’s idea was adopted by the State Board of Education of New York.

Flag Day and Military

Flag Day is a time to honor America and show respect to its flag, and also a appropriate chance to show our appreciation for our women and man engaged in conflict overseas and around the world preserving our freedom.

As a patriotic person and have a real strong feel for the military, Flag Day will be very special time for her/him. Many military communities gave a salute to our country’s military Monday.

How to Celebrate the Flag Day

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, but people observe it all over the United States every year in different ways.

1. Flying the United States flag is a privilege.

2. Plan a Flag Day ceremony to honor the flag and those who gave their lives defending it.

3. Flag Day Party

With Flag Day in the early summer month of June, it is a great time to hold a barbeque party to let family get together.

4. Flag Day activities

Activities can include crafting patriotic decorations that can be displayed until after Independence Day.

5. Learn about Flag Day

Let more children know Flag Day for it is that Americans take time out every year to reflect upon the symbolic magnanimity and historical significance of one of the most complex and compositely conceived flags in history.

Flag Theme Plaque

More Flag theme plaques for military have been created in various ways. Like this crystal plaque, this is great choice for your military person. A soldier’s prayer, it features a touching design with praying hands subtly placed in front of the American flag.

This design is both a solute and a prayer. With the American flag proudly etched on the back, this patriotic plaque becomes perfect award choice for every military on Flag Day.


You know the military appreciation quotes play important role in your military gifts. You may like collect military appreciation quotes. Here are 20 quotes below, which apply to all the armed forces then you can engrave them on your crystal military plaque, it will be wonderful, will offer you many kinds of custom military plaques [Click here to read more].

1) He loves his country best who strives to make it best. -Robert G. Ingersoll

2) Freedom is never free.  ~Author Unknown

3) Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.  ~G.B. Stern

4) Courage is going from failure to failure without losing enthusiasm.-Winston Churchill

5) I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks.  ~William Shakespeare

6) There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity. -Gen. Douglas MacArthur

7) No man is entitled to the blessings of freedom unless he is vigilant in its preservation. – General Douglas MacArthur

Real security lies in the prevention of war–and today that hope can come only through adequate preparedness. - General Omar N. Bradley

9) Armed Forces Day this year should serve to emphasize the practical application of unification in action, and to remind us of the continued need for unity in our Armed Forces and among all of our citizens in the interests of security and peace. – Robert D. Lovett

10) At home and abroad, military men and women are showing purpose and dedication in defending American ideas. They are performing in our country’s best traditions under circumstances both difficult and complex. Thanks to their determined spirit of patriotism and professionalism, our country has a powerful and unified defense team, employing its forces in the constant quest for peace and freedom.- Melvin Laird

11) It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you. ~Author unknown, sometimes attributed to M. Grundler

12) How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes! ~Maya Angelou

13) No one is more cherished in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you. ~Author Unknown

14) No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude. ~Author Unknown

15) Let no vandalism of avarice or neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations, that we have forgotten, as a people, the cost of a free and undivided Republic. ~John A. Logan

16) For what avail the plough or sail, or land or life, if freedom fail?  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

17) The power of an air force is terrific when there is nothing to oppose it. – Winston Churchill

18) We’re going to bomb them back into the Stone Age.

19) The Marines I have seen around the world have the cleanest bodies, the filthiest minds, the highest morale, and the lowest morals of any group of animals I have ever seen. Thank God for the United States Marine Corps!

20) For over 221 years our Corps has done two things for this great Nation. We make Marines, and we win battles.

Engraving Military Appreciation Quotes on PlaqeueEngraved Crystal Military Appreciation Plaque

Above Armed Forces Day Quotes are available on your Armed Forces Day gifts for army, navy, air force, etc. Your military people will be interested in the engraved Armed Forces Day Quotes on the crystal awards or the plaques.

Crystal awards, large or small, are always striking. You’re most likely seen one of these beautiful crystal awards in military office or their barracks. The award generally has a logo, picture or specific message such as the laser engraved on the crystal honoring the recipient and his accomplishment.

If you want to choose the personalized military crystal plaques with your sincere appreciation wording as Armed Forces Day gift, will offer you kinds of custom military appreciation plaques.


Armed Forces Day

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Armed Forces Day  

Before President Harry S. Truman proclaimed the third Saturday in May as Armed Forces Day in 1949, the three major branches of the United States armed forces—the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force—held elaborate celebrations on three different days during the year.

Although the service units continue to celebrate their own days on April 6 (Army), October 27 (Navy), the second Saturday in September (Air Force), and November 10 (Marine Corps), the purpose of Armed Forces Day is to promote the unification of the branches under the Department of Defense (which took place in 1947) and to pay tribute to those serving in all the armed forces.

Therefore the Armed Forces Day becomes the good opportunity for us to show our appreciation and support for them. This is the day on which we have the welcome opportunity to pay special tribute to the men and women of the Armed Forces.

But you may wonder how to celebrate the Armed Forces Day. What kinds of military gifts or military award

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can help us express our sincere emotion? Or what should we do for military family, spouse, friends etc..

Show our support for our fighting troops and their families by hosting a party, attending an event, flying the flag, offering a message or a salute for the 2011 Armed Forces Day.

The first Armed Forces Day was celebrated by

  • Parades – While commemorations of the individual service units are usually confined to military bases, the celebration of Armed Forces Day entails much broader participation. In addition to the huge parade held on this day each year in New York City.
  • Open House – The armed forces often hold “open house” to acquaint the public with their facilities and to demonstrate some of the latest technological advances. Sometimes the National College will host an open house for our service members. The event is targeted to active and reserve military members, veterans and their spouse and dependents, though the public at large is welcome to attend.
  • Receptions – The reception have been hosted by different voluntary organizations at great garden, such as the famous Gilmore’s Garden. It has been attracted a large throng of people. Military officers had generally observed the request stated in the invitations to appear in full dress uniform, and the effect of so many brilliant costumes was highly picturesque, harmonizing, as they did, with the rustle decorations of the hall.
  • Air Shows – You know the famous Canadian International Air Show that is held each year in Toronto over Canadian Labor Day Weekend. From warbirds to wing walkers, fly-ins to fly-bys, Ontario boasts a full schedule of air shows, aviation expos, and aircraft presentations throughout the May. This is also symbol of a nation’s power.

They are traditional way to celebrate this special day.

You right appreciation gift ideas for our troops during the Armed Forced Day will be nice support for them. So find out what your military really like to do and what kinds of things they enjoyed before they were in troops. Make them happen for their again. The top ten traditional military gifts you can’t miss.

More articles will help you figure out more wonderful Armed Forces Day gift ideas such as:

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A collection of inspirational teacher appreciation quotes and sayings for you to share with your favorite teacher will express your thanks for all that they do.

Teacher Appreciation Quotes

Usually it is in later years that we truly appreciate and realize the impact our educators have had on our lives. Those warm and sincere teacher appreciation quotations sometime like a clean and warm creek flows our past teacher’s heart:

“God understood our thirst for knowledge, and our need to be led by someone wiser; He needed a heart of compassion, of encouragement, and patience; Someone who would accept the challenge regardless of the opposition; Someone who could see potential and believe in the best in others… So He made Teachers” ~ [From Teacher Appreciation Quotes and Thank You Poems]

1. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. -Henry Adams

2. Education is the best provision for the journey to old age. -Aristotle

3. Teach the children so that it will not be necessary to teach the adults. - Abraham Lincoln

4. Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. - John F. Kennedy

5. I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.  ~Alexander the Great

6. I would thank you from the bottom of my heart, but for you my heart has no bottom.  ~Author Unknown

7. No one who achieves success does so without acknowledging the help of others.  The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.  ~Author Unknown

8. Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.  ~William Arthur Ward

9. Next in importance to freedom and justice is popular education, without which neither freedom nor justice can be permanently maintained. - James A. Garfield

10. He, who opens a school door, closes a prison. - Victor Hugo

11. Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource. -President John F. Kennedy

12. I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks. -William Shakespeare

13. Teaching is the greatest act of optimism. -Colleen Wilcox

14. The task of the excellent teacher is to stimulate ‘apparently ordinary’ people to unusual effort. The tough problem is not in identifying winners: it is in making winners out of ordinary people. - K. Patricia Cross

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15. Often, when I am reading a good book, I stop and thank my teacher.  That is, I used to, until she got an unlisted number.  ~Author Unknown

16. He who opens a school door, closes a prison. – Victor Hugo

17. It’s easy to make a buck.  It’s a lot tougher to make a difference.  ~Tom Brokaw

18. Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths pure theatre – Gail Godwin

19. What the teacher is, is more important than what he teaches - Karl Menninger

20. None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps  we got here because somebody – a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns – bent down and helped us pick up our boots – Thurgood Marshall

21. A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops – Henry Adams

Teacher poems are an excellent way of voicing your thanks and appreciation to a special teacher who has helped you through the past few months at school during the Teacher Appreciation Week. It is always better to write your own teacher appreciation poem.