Heroes never go out of fashion

Vintage and near vintage art is popularly repurposed in jewelry and mixed media art. I have not decided what I will make with this piece, maybe a card later in the month for Operation Write Home’s annual blog hop, maybe a piece of jewelry. However, when I ran across this poster my son is the first person who came to mind.

Standing_Tall Armed Forces Day poster 1951

The poster is circa 1951 and celebrates National Armed Forces Day. Here is the poster for May 18, 2013:

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On February 27, 1950, President Harry Truman signed the proclamation declaring the third Saturday in May National Armed Forces Day. Parades at military bases in the US and abroad marked the day.

“Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 20, 1950, marks the first combined demonstration by America’s defense team of its progress, under the National Security Act, towards the goal of readiness for any eventuality. It is the first parade of preparedness by the unified forces of our land, sea, and air defense,” President Truman said.

Here are a few more photos nabbed from the DOD site.

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PASSING IN REVIEW – Airmen from Andrews AFB, Md., salute President Harry S. Truman during a parade down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. (AFD-1951)

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PEERING AT CONTROLS – Future pilots check out the controls of a jet during an open house at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan. (AFD-1956)

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PERFORMING AT THEIR BEST – The National Guard band of Washington D.C., performs on the grounds of the Washington Monument. (AFD-1976)

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Arizona has its own Army National Guard Band that performs around the state.The jazz section is particularly super! http://www.108tharmyband.com/Home.aspx There are many military bands around the US. If you would like to request a band perform in your community you can do that HERE.

 

 

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If your desire is to create something nice for our men and women currently in service check out the inspiration and instructions for making blank cards for them to send  to loved ones at Operation Write Home where more than 2 million cards have been deployed since 2007.

 

Help Operation Write Home Make Cards for our military personnel overseas!

You know how wonderful it is to open your mailbox and find a handmade card from a friend inside.

Now imagine you are one of our many military personnel serving overseas where there is no place to buy a card for a loved one. You can help them this weekend by making blank cards that Operation Write Home will send to these brave men and women and in turn they can mail a special card to their someone special.

The instructions for card making for Operation Write Home are few, but important and are found HERE.

I have known Sandy Allnock, President of Operation Write Home for many years. OWH is an absolutely great non-profit cause!

Since 2007, the organiztion has sent 1.7 million handmade cards overseas!

Be a part of the fun and the cause! Thank a veteran over this Memorial Weekend!

If you can’t make cards now, remember, cards are needed year-around.

Cards can be simple

like the one CarolJean my DT member made below, top

or the ones I made and added today….

or elaborate, but, for the safety of our troops, no glitter or crystals please!

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DVD Give-Away and Card Making Blog Hop with Operation Write Home

The reason to participate in OPERATION WRITE HOME’s card making extravaganza is a win in itself. Operation Write Home is a non-profit that encourages others to make cards that our men and women serving the military overseas, often in combat zones, can send back home to their loved ones for birthdays, anniversaries, graduation, I love you and all those other reasons that people send still send cards.

I’m sweetening the pot with a drawing for a set of my Paper, Fashion and Holiday crafting videos. I’ll choose one winner at random who makes a card and comments on the blog.

The DVDs are normally $9.99 each. From now until June 9, 2012, you can order a set for $25 through my assistant, Carol La Valley.

I can’t stress this enough, be sure to check the FAQs on the OWH site about card making size and safety –no glitter!

It’s a long holiday weekend so no excuses.

Come on back to my blog  early tomorrow morning for all the details!