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.


Armed Forces Day

May 9th, 2011 | Posted by July in Military Appreciation Gifts - (0 Comments)
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

Military Service Plaque
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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.

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