WWII Veterans to Receive Award Medals

Our war veterans are a crucial part of our history and many of the veterans from World War II are passing away daily due to age without receiving the award medals they should have been presented with more than 65 years ago.

Historians like Jerry Barksdale that specialize in World War II biographies, are working hard to preserve the legacies left behind by these heroes.  During his research, Barksdale uncovered four veterans from the Athens, Alabama area who were awarded honors during their service in World War II, yet had not been presented with the actual award medals.  He also uncovered distinctions they should have been awarded yet had not.

The four WWII veterans to receive award medals for various honors for their service including the Legion of Honor medal issued by the French government.  The medal was instituted by Napoleon Bonaparte and is awarded “to recognize the special contribution and act of bravery while fighting for the liberation of our country…”  The men all aided the French Resistance during the 1940’s.

Although it is unclear why the men are only now being awarded the many medals they were to be awarded, Barksdale says he feels it is about time.  He believes the men deserve recognition for their efforts on behalf of civil liberation and now is better than never.

Read more about these four incredible men and their achievements in this article.

Charles Wright of Conway was finally handed his award medals for his service in the Iwo Jima campaign during World War II.  Researchers found Wright had been awarded the honors for the two medals, yet after 70 years he still had not received the actual medals.  Thecabin.net reports on this on this oversight that was finally rectified.

Trophies Build Pride

trophies build prideA customer purchasing trophies for an event at a YMCA recently wrote to us. She said “The children have a high quality product to be proud of and cherish for a life time.” Isn’t that what it’s all about? Seeing the smile on the faces of the children who receive the trophy is priceless. You can see it fills them with pride and builds their self confidence. You can almost hear them thinking “… if I can do this, then what else can I do?” Who knows what the seed of pride will sprout and grow into? It seems as though trophies build pride.

And just as precious is the feeling that the parent of the child has. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who is more proud: the child who receives the trophy or the parent of the child who receives the trophy. Cherish the moment.

Achievement Awards for 2012 Movies

When you start discussing achievement awards and trophies, movies instantly come to achievement awardmind. It is always a big deal at the end of any year when the top numbers list of that year hits the scene. Mandy talks about top achievements in her article for Reelz.com, “The First Annual Reelzie Awards: A Distinguished Achievement in Special Excellence.”  There were many, many good to great movies in 2012, but only a few that stand out enough to be mentioned in my humble opinion.

“Finding Nemo in 3D” and “Monsters INC. in 3D” are two of those movies. You would think that just remaking an already existing movie into something that jumps out at the crowd would be lame. Only this time it wasn’t, these were amazing films that the whole family enjoyed.

“The Dark Knight Rises,” while tragic was still an amazing movie that did every actor that played in it justice.

“Frankenweenie” was also a fun family adventure that will be watched over and over again by kids, and some adults, everywhere.

Of course, the Twilight series conclusion of “Breaking Dawn,” will be the biggest hit of the year as the ones before it have been.

The first ever Reelzie awards show is giving achievement awards for special excellence to “Pitch Perfect.” In Reelzie’s opinion the movie, and the song, were the clear winners for 2012. Mandy reports for Reelz.com on the awards and the event as well. Read her article and see if you agree with the choices that were made.

Man Receives Legion of Merit Award

Master Sgt. Darrell Hanning of Houlton, Maine, was awarded the prestigious Legion of Merit award earlier last week by Col. Hamilton D. Richards, commander of the 120th Regional Support Group Bangor. Hanning retired from the Army National Guard this past November after 21 years of dedicated service to the U.S. Army. The Legion of Merit is one of the most coveted award medals in the U.S. It was established by an act of Congress in 1942 and it is presented to members of the armed forces for exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding service and achievement.

Hanning joined the U.S. Army on October 8th, 1990. He completed his basic training and advanced individual training at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His first duty assignment was in Wildfleken, Germany. Over the last two decades he has worked in a variety of different sectors. He spent the last four years spearheading logistics, deploying and redeploying soldiers and their equipment in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

The Legion of Merit is one of only two United States military neck decoration award medals, the other being the Medal of Honor. It is the sixth in the order of importance of U.S. millitary awards. Hanning lives in Houlton, Maine with his wife and children.

Build a Trophy Case

Finding a good trophy case can be a difficult task and even after you find one, they are far from affordable. With a few simple tools, you can build a trophy case and save a lot of money. Your very own professional looking trophy and award case. You’ll also get to design the case to fit in with the rest of your furniture and accessories. Read Tyson Simmons instructions for more information. My guess is that after you get started, you will soon understand why commercially available trophy cases are so expensive!

Another alternative is to watch thrift stores for commercial retail display cabinets that can be used to display trophies. Or check the Habitat Re-Store occasionally, they may have a trophy case someone didn’t need anymore or again, they may have an unneeded retail cabinet that would make a good trophy case.

If you don’t feel so ambitious or crafty, you can re-purpose any shelf in the house. Every parent is super proud when their little ones score awards and trophies, and most want to display them to everyone in the world. What is the best way to do that though?  It’s important to not only make sure others see your child’s trophies but that they can see them every day in order to motivate them to strive for more. Janece Bass reports for eHow on the best way to display these awards.