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“This We’ll Defend”

Here in the southern United States, military service is part of many families’ traditions. I have relatives that have served (or are serving) in every branch, and our reunions are filled with trash-talking and ego measuring.

One of my uncles was called up during the Draft and assigned to the Army Electronics Command at Fort Monmouth in New Jersey. He often joked that he’d rather have gone to Vietnam instead of Yankee territory, but he knew how lucky he was. He was proud to have been part of the team that worked on the FM radios, called “the single most important tactical item in Vietnam” by General Creighton Abrams.

People sign up to serve for many different reasons: to pay for college, to get some personal discipline, to learn a trade, to make it a career… No matter why they’re there, they know that they can be called up at a moment’s notice to fight and die for the country, and I, for one, am grateful that they shoulder that burden.

Memorial Day is May 28. If you have a friend or family member in the service, we have a collection of Army mugs that make great Thank You gifts.

1. None shall pass

I do a lot of backcountry camping, and there are times you run into some sketchy people on the trail. Since I am in North Carolina, most of my camping buddies served at Fort Bragg, so our sites are populated by very light sleepers (and very well-defended).

2. Sir! Yes, sir!

It’s easy to tell which parents at the ball games and playgrounds are military. They’re the ones you can hear over everything else. You can bet their kids come running when called.

3. Special Operations Command

Green Berets, Rangers, Delta Force, 82nd Airborne. If your strategy includes the surgical elimination of enemy combatants, these are the guys you’ll call.

4. Defending the Defenders

I know enough Army spouses to confidently state that they are as tough and dedicated as any serving soldier. They really should have their own day of celebration.

5. Walk it off. Stand tall.

Every veteran I know has always downplayed their scars, and they’ve all said they wouldn’t trade the camaraderie and experiences for anything else.

These are just a few of the Army mugs we have available. Click on these links for Navy, Air Force, and Marines mugs. You can also customize a mug with your Unit, Division, Service dates, or any other special remembrances.