Perhaps more than any other day, today is the perfect day for U.S. military jewelry. For nearly 150 years, American have been honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at this time of year. Three years after the end of the Civil War ended, Maj. Gen. John A. Logan, leader of the Grand Army of the Republic (an organization of Union veterans), declared May 30 to be Decoration Day, a day when the American people could decorate the graves of those who had perished in the recent war. Around the same time, a number of cities in both the north and the south established times to commemorate fallen soldiers.
By the time the 19th century came to a close, communities across the nation were holding Memorial Day ceremonies on May 30th, but it wasn’t until after World War I that this day came to be a time to remember those who died in all wars, not just in the Civil War. Memorial Day was declared a national holiday in 1971, to be observed on the last Monday in May.
Like Memorial Day, U.S. military jewelry is designed to help us remember those who have served—both those who’ve given their lives and those who’ve given years of their lives—and those who currently serve around the world. For example, the United States Air Force Medallion Charm in Sterling Silver is a simple yet powerful way to remember those who’ve fought in the air. The emblem of the U.S, Air force is craved into this simple silver piece, which measures 1 1/16” high including the simple, shining bale. Similar silver pendants are available for other branches of the military, allowing you to honor a specific service member.
Cross pendants that feature military symbols are excellent ways to remind yourself not only of your gratitude for those who serve, but also of your commitment to pray for them and their families. For example, the U.S. Army Cross Pendant in 14K Gold places a U.S. Army medallion in the center of a gleaming cross that’s adorned with Celtic motifs.
If you’re seeking a unique piece suitable for helping to call to mind a service member in any branch of the military, consider the Sterling Silver Military Dog Tag Pendant with Prayer Inscription for Two. This two-piece silver pendant is inscribed with the words “May the Lord keep watch between us to make sure that we keep this covenant when we are out of each other’s sight”; this phrase can only be read when both pieces meet to form the shape of a dog tag. Both halves come with an 18” silver chain.
These pieces of military jewelry aren’t mere adornments; they’re symbols of gratitude for those who have truly given their all so that we can enjoy freedom. In General Logan’s words, “Let no 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.”