Armed Forces Month -- May 2016

May pays respect to our service men and women with not only Memorial Day on the 30th, but also Armed Forces Day on the 21st.  Even our neighbors to the north, Quebec, Canada, specifically, has National Patriot's Day on the 23rd. With all that, I also pay tribute to our Armed Forces with a display honoring our service men and women as well.

The American Legion is this country's biggest support of our service people.  
"In 1919, The American Legion was founded on four pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. Each of these pillars encompasses a variety of programs that benefit our nation's veterans, its service members, their families, the youth of America and ordinary citizens."

Fighter jet in foreground.

Military fort thimble guarding the bay.

Lady Liberty with destroyers and a carrier.

New this year is a thimble that I thought may go well with honoring our armed personnel.  When I saw the thimble advertised, it was touted as "Virtue." However, after I purchased it, I noticed it didn't quite fit the Virtue of the Romans. With some research, I found it more fitting of the Roman goddess "Victoria" who personifies Victory.  Victoria is the Roman rendition of the Greek goddess Nike who was often referred to as the "Winged Goddess of Victory." 
Roman architecture has influenced many nation's own grand buildings, both religious and government, even in the U.S. 

A new set of train cars were in order.  All American red, white, and blue! The engine sports a flag as well.

At the top of the display is a thimble showing the words "Home of the Brave," which aptly describes all of our Armed Forces personnel.

And, the rear view is of our capitol with a look at the back of the top thimble, which states "Land of the Free." We can only have that through the courage and dedication of our troops.

Remember to pay homage to our service people this Memorial Day!