Nearly anything is possible on a custom military coin.
On the last Monday in May (May 26), the United States will celebrate Memorial Day, a federal holiday, which commemorates those U. S. men and women who have died in military service. Once known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day first began to honor Union soldiers who died during the American Civil War. However, after WWI, it was expanded to include those who died in any war or military action. Many Americans observe the Memorial Day holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. Some volunteers place small U.S. flags on each gravesite located in national cemeteries, while others fly their U.S. flags at half-mast from dawn until noon that day. Some Americans view Memorial Day as the unofficial beginning of summer because many schools are dismissed around Memorial Day. It is also known for picnics, family gatherings and sporting events. One of the longest standing traditions is the running of the Indianapolis 500, which has been held in conjunction with Memorial Day since 1911. Over the years, The Monterey Company has created thousands of custom military coins and lapel pins that commemorate those who have served their country and paid the ultimate price. President Paul Stark said the reason he provides top-notch Memorial Day coins for all branches of the U.S. military because he supports the soldiers efforts. Lately, we’ve been getting a lot of requests for Memorial Day challenge coins for those serving in Iraq, he said. It does my heart good knowing that we’re helping them create something positive out of a hellacious war zone. Many of the challenge coins that The Monterey Company creates are simply works of art. There are 3-D areas, special roping around the edges, gilded crests and insignias that can be shown in great detail in the size of a baby’s fingernail. Nearly anything is possible on a custom military coin. Generally, it takes three weeks to create and a week to ship.
For more information about Memorial Day coins, call The Monterey Company toll free at 1-800-259-6496.