U.S. Military Wedding Traditions and Tips

Posted in Uncategorized on November 29, 2016
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Life as a military spouse means life with the military. The work your groom- or bride-to-be conducts as a Marine, Airman, Sailor, or Soldier will undoubtedly be a huge part of your married life together, and many couples choose to reference the military in their wedding ceremonies and receptions by showcasing some military traditions. Location Read More »

Famous Military Dogs: Soldier's Best Friend

Posted in Uncategorized on November 25, 2016
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War dogs are not a new trend. The first historical reference to them comes from ancient Turkey around 600 BC. The first ruler, Alyattes had his soldiers release packs of dogs on rival troops during battle. The attack dogs were incredibly effective at startling and scaring the enemy cavalry horses. Beyond serving as attack dogs, Read More »

5 Fun Crafts to Help Kids Celebrate Veterans Day

Posted in Uncategorized on November 10, 2016
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Whenever an important national day of remembrance approaches on the calendar, it’s a great opportunity to ensure that the next generation of Americans truly understands the meaning behind the celebration. Veterans Day is an especially important day to help younger children process and participate in remembering and thanking members of our military who have sacrificed Read More »

The Story of the Red Poppies for Veterans Day

Posted in Uncategorized on November 9, 2016
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Today, U.S. citizens honor all U.S. servicemembers with Veterans Day on November 11, but in many other parts of the world, the day is known as Remembrance Day, a day set aside to remember military personnel who have lost their lives in war. Established by King George V in 1919, Remembrance Day evolved out of Read More »

7 Most Extreme U.S. Military Bases

Posted in Uncategorized on November 3, 2016
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The United States maintains 800 military bases in more than 70 countries and territories around the world. Below are seven of the most extreme military installments domestically and abroad. Thule Air Base (Air Force); Greenland Located just 947 miles away from the North Pole, Thule is the United States’ northernmost U.S. base. The base is Read More »

7 Little-Known Facts About the 9/11 Memorial Museum

Posted in Uncategorized on November 2, 2016
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Seven stories below the place where the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center (WTC) once stood is a beautiful and somber memorial to the nearly 3,000 people who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The 9/11 Memorial Museum opened its doors to the public in May 2014, and has since hosted Read More »

Celebrate Oct. 26: National Day of the Deployed

Posted in Uncategorized on October 26, 2016
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Deployment is a difficult yet expected part of the U.S. military experience. It impacts an entire family and community, disrupting regular life and routine, and leaving a family behind to count the days until the loved one’s return. Thankfully, the Armed Forces offer many support services to families of the deployed, but it can still Read More »

The History of the U.S. National Guard

Posted in Uncategorized on October 24, 2016
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The National Guard of the United States is not only the only branch of the U.S. military whose existence is outlined by the U.S. Constitution, but it is also home to the oldest units in the U.S. military, tracing back its origin to the first militia regiments organized in North America in colonial Massachusetts, 1636. Read More »

Comparing Basic Training for the 5 Branches of U.S. Military Service

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2016
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Members of each branch of service typically consider their own basic training to be the most challenging and toughest of all the branches; it’s a debate of hard-knock stories and amazing feats of endurance and learning. The reality is that all recruit training for U.S. military service is strenuous, mentally and physically, and all who Read More »

Five-Star Generals in the U.S. Military

Posted in Uncategorized on October 19, 2016
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Over the history of the United States, a small handful of men have achieved the very highest rank of military service, all during extreme times of war. In December 1944, during the midst of WWII, the U.S. created a special five-star officer rank to establish both a clear internal order of seniority and a near-equivalence Read More »