Memorial Day in China And America

May 30th, 2011 | Posted by MilitaryGifts in Military Gifts by Branch - (Comments Off on Memorial Day in China And America)

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May. But Chinese Memorial Day, Tomb-sweeping Day, Qingming Festival or Ancestors Day is Chinese traditional festival. Today is Memorial Day. This article would like share fresh information about Chinese and American Memorial Day.

They all have something in common:

1. They are all the time to express our mourning.

No matter what they are Chinese Memorial Day or American Memorial Day, they are the opportunity for celebrants to remember and honor people who have long left us. It is also time to gather to visit the graves of our beloved. Flowers are placed on the graves to help show how much we loved and miss them.

2. Holiday Weekend for People

Chinese or American people can enjoy this holiday without work. Memorial Day became a long weekend increasingly devoted to shopping, family get-togethers, fireworks, trips to the beach. Many people like travel, visiting or shopping during this Memorial Day Weekend by their Memorial Day Planning.

The Difference between Memorial Day And Tomb-sweeping Day

Holiday

Date

History

Observance

American Memorial

Day( Also known as Decoration Day)

Memorial Day is a United States federal holiday observed on the last Monday of May(it is unofficially the start of summer) The first known observance of Memorial Day was in Charleston, South Carolina in 1865; freedmen  celebrated at the Washington Race Course, today the location of Hampton Park. 1. Many people observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries and memorials.2. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. local time.

3.  To fly the flag of the United States at half-staff from dawn until noon local time.


Chinese Memorial Day

(Also known as Tomb Sweeping Day, Pure Brightness Festival, Clear Bright Festival, Ancestors Day)

It is a traditional Chinese festival on the 104th day after the winter solstice (or the 15th day from the Spring Equinox) The festival originated from Hanshi Day, a memorial day for Jie Zitui who died in 636 BC in the Spring And Autumn Period. 1. Young and old pray before the ancestors, sweep the tombs and offer food, tea, wine, chopsticks, joss paper accessories, or libations to the ancestors.2. people carry willow branches with them on Qingming, or put willow branches on their gates and/or front doors.

3. go on family outings, start the spring plowing, sing, dance.

4. Qingming is also the time when young couples start courting.

5. Fly kites in the shapes of animals or characters from Chinese opera.


Memorial Day Poems

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Many a patriotic poet has penned Memorial Day poems to honor these brave souls. Patriotic poetry can refer what’s happening right now. The following patriotic verse for Memorial Day is geared to that.

You can choose the best Memorial Day Poems to engrave on the crystal military plaque for Military family to show your appreciation and support.

Military Prayer Plaque

Customized a crystal prayer plaque, features a touching design with praying hands subtly placed in front of the American Flag, pray our soldiers who have left their life on the battlefield, pray they family to step out the shadow. Diy Awards can offers you this special plaque, engraved military appreciation wording or memorial message on the crystal plaque to tell everyone that our soldiers will live in our heart forever.

Our Flag

Mary Howliston

There are many flags in many lands,

There are flags of every hue;

But there is no flag, however grand,

Like our own Red, White, and Blue.

A National Moment of Remembrance on Memorial Day

Del Abe Jones

That poem about where “poppies blow”

And, “the crosses, row on row”

Still rings true, these ninety years

After written, still brings tears.

We still have Dead, “amid the guns”

And lose our young and our loved ones

Those who lived, “short days ago”

Who, “felt dawn, saw sunset glow”.

In Flanders Fields, “the poppy red”

Still grow near where the blood was bled

They, “Take up our quarrel with the foe”

And still die for Freedoms that we know.

They pass, “The torch” to, “hold it high”

And not, “break the faith with us who die”

For they, “shall not sleep, though poppies grow”

Beneath all those, “crosses, row on row”

In Flanders Fields.

Freedom

Clara Smith Reber

Freedom is a breath of air,

Pine-scented, or salty like the sea;

Freedom is a field new-plowed…

Furrows of democracy!

Freedom is a forest,

Trees tall and straight as men.

Freedom is a printing press…

The power of the pen!

Freedom is a country church,

A cathedral’s stately spire;

Freedom is a spirit

That can set the soul on fire!

Freedom is man’s birthright,

A sacred, living rampart;

The pulsebeat of humanity…

The throb of a nation’s heart!

Invisible Soldier

Sarge Lintecum

You can tell her by the twinkle in her eye,

At parades when the flag marches by.

She served our country and she served it very well.

Some have even served a tour or two in Hell.

She suffered hardship and never ceased to care.

It gave us strength just to know that she was there.

She was a leader, you could tell by the rank she wore,

But she became the invisible soldier after the war.

She can march, she can fly, and she can sail.

She proved that bravery isn’t exclusive of the male.

She did every job she was asked and more,

But she became the invisible soldier after the war.

Now, it is finally time to right a wrong.

Honor our sister soldier; hear her song.

It’s very clear that she’s a patriot to the core.

Don’t let her be the invisible soldier anymore.

The Blue and The Gray

By Unknown

“Our Father, who art in heaven;”

How one wore the gray and the other the blue,

How they passed away from sight

And had gone to the land where gray and blue

Merge in tints of celestial light.

And she answered her darling with golden hair,

While her heart was sorely wrung

With thoughts awakened in that sad hour

By her innocent, prattling tongue;

“The blue and the gray are the colors of God;

They are seen in the sky at even,

And many a noble, gallant soul

Has found them passports to heaven.”

Memorial Day for Military Family

May 26th, 2011 | Posted by MilitaryGifts in Military Gifts by Branch - (Comments Off on Memorial Day for Military Family)

The true meaning of Memorial Day is to remember the soldiers who have died in service to our country. But soldiers are not only ones who make a sacrifice – their families often have to make sacrifices as well.

Memorial Day has traditionally been a day of remembering the many heroes who lost their lives during wars in which the United States has been involved.

How to Show Support for Military Family

Organizations around the country are banding together to help our troops and their families gain the resources to meet their needs. Here are some interesting and meaningful military organizations for military family you may be interested.

The Military Voluntary Service

If you are a military member, military spouse or veterans, the voluntary service in your community can work with you to create an individualized plan to help you identify and set realistic and achievable goals. The military Voluntary Service committed to helping military families is successful.

Department of Health and Human Services

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the United States government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services. HHS and its operating divisions offer a variety of resources and programs specifically designed to support military families.

Military Authority Community

Many of military families at Military Authority have military connections of their own, either from active duty service or being family members of those who have served. The host of Military Authority Community understands the special community the military creates and they want to help extend those relationships by creating a place where everyone connected to the military can share stories, discuss military life and support one another.

Military Family Resource Center

The military has a wide range of departments and resources which can provide personal and spiritual assistance to individual service members and their families. Most military installations have Family Centers, which provide information, life-skills education, and support services. One of the primary functions of the Family Center is to link customers with appropriate services available in the local community or through state and federal assistance programs. This page is designed to help members of the Armed Forces and their families combine the resources found at these centers with information on all the benefits available to service members.

Military Themed Gift Ideas for Military Family

  • Sending a gift card for them.
  • A recipe book for Cooking for Two or better yet, a dinner delivery service gift certificate!
  • Choosing high quality bubble bath, a bath pillow and aromatherapy lotions and soaps
  • Inviting them enjoy SPA night or send a gift card for a day at the spa.
  • Providing free car-service if military spouse want to visit their parents with their children.
  • Military Prayer Plaque

Customized a crystal prayer plaque, features a touching design with praying hands subtly placed in front of the American Flag, pray our soldiers who have left their life on the battlefield, pray they family to step out the shadow. Diy Awards can offers you this special plaque, engraved military appreciation wording or memorial message on the crystal plaque to tell everyone that our soldiers will live in our heart forever.

  • Prepare your thank you military family poems or homemade card/letter and put them into this wonderful box, embellish the lid of this rosewood finished photo frame keepsake box. You can be customized with an engraved brass plaque.
  • Visiting military parents and chatting with them, help them doing their garden.
  • Invite military family to enjoy your party and dinner per holiday.
  • Planning a trip and take military kids with them.

Memorial Day for Veterans

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Memorial Day is formerly known as Decoration Day, and commemorates U.S. men and women who died while in military service for their country. Memorial Day is a United States Federal holiday and observed on the last Monday of May each year.

Memorial Day is one of the most special days for those who had family members in the various, battles, and conflicts over the decades.

Salute to Veterans

Do you know the First Annual “Salute to Black Veterans” which features a series of free workshops and a Salute reception to honor our veterans? Honoring American veterans is important.

To honor the memories of every fallen Veteran from the revolutionary War to the present day; to honor all living Veterans; to honor our flag-the symbol of our nation, and to honor our country, the greatest in the world.

Military Plaques for Veterans

How to show our salute to veterans with tangible appreciation gifts? Like the military appreciation plaque. Military Plaques are the standard gift for a military member departing for a new assignment or upon completion of a special project. It is also meaningful keepsake for veterans.

The plaques are personalized with the individual’s name, crystal plaque can be custom ordered with an etched image such as the flag or the veterans’ photo and your appreciation wording, the plaque can be small and added to an award or keepsake box.

Father’s Day for Military

May 24th, 2011 | Posted by MilitaryGifts in Military Gifts by Branch - (Comments Off on Father’s Day for Military)

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 19, 2011 and while all fathers are recognized on this special day for their ability to balance family, home, and work, today we send a special salute to fathers who also serve in the American Forces.

What Father’s Day means to military? With work hours and locations as far from normal as you can get, these members still manage to balance family life and an extremely challenging career.

1. They can’t enjoy this holiday with their kids

It is not easy to be in the military, especially during the special day when you have children you must leave behind at home, though your children are pretty good about understanding everything, they know your career is so special that they can’t help your celebrate the Father’s Day for you.

Our military still want to strain their children to their heart with deep love, they will tell little kids, they are the best Father’s Day gifts.

2. They can’t say” I love You, Father!” in the face of their father.

Our military also play three roles in their life, son, husband and father. During this especial day, he can’t say “I love you! Father!” in front of their father. Being military parents take a great deal of strength, courage and faith. It isn’t easy not seeing your son or daughter very often, and it’s especially difficult to be the mom of a son or daughter who is deployed overseas.

3. They feel sorry for their kids and family

Children will inevitably feel the sting of a military deployment on the Father’s Day, our military fathers also feel very sorry for them. All the military children have no enough time enjoy their Father’s love.

How to help military celebrate Father’s Day

Families take their dad out to dinner, let him watch TV all day, and give their dad a special card to let him know how much they love him. When you come from a military family, however, you may have to come up with creative ways to honor your father. What have some military families done to mark Father’s Day during a time when Dear Old Dad was deployed?

Send card with Military Father

You can imagine, on Father’s Day, one military father would open cards sent by his wife and signed by the children when they were old enough to write, how warm and happy!

Record Dad’s Story for Father’s Day

Do you think it is special Father’s Day gift ideas that record your family history; you can start with Dad’s story on Father’s Day.

DIY Father’s Day Theme Crystal Plaque for Military Father

 Military Appreciation Plaque

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Diy Awards offers many kinds custom crystal plaque for military, you can choose what style you like and engraved your own appreciation wording on the crystal plaque.

Father’s Day Activities

Since it’s summertime, if your military father is enjoying their holiday at home, this is very perfect and lucky, why not take the party to the backyard? Get out the grill and start serving up some of dad’s favorite foods.