As we approach the 4th of July and get ready to celebrate our country’s freedom and independence, we remember that those blessings were obtained through the brave sacrifices of patriots in the armed service of the new republic. Today men and women from all across our country still serve to protect and defend our country. Here are four reasons why 5-way military medals are a favorite for families with a loved one in the Military.
Reason #1 – Those in the Service Deserve our Gratitude, Support and Prayers
Those in the armed services today continue a tradition of sacrifice and serve for the protection of others. For their service they deserve our gratitude, support and prayers. One concrete way for Catholics serving in the armed services is found in the 5-way medal. It unites their call to serve with the call of God: to live justly and defend the defenseless. This adaptation of the traditional 4-way medal includes the emblem for an individual branch of the service at its center.
REASON #2 – The Saints are Powerful Protectors and Patrons
Wearing a saint medal in itself can be a sort of prayer – a constant petition for guidance and protection. Since the prayers of the saints are particularly powerful in the areas which they themselves have excelled, the 5-Way Medal is perfect for the Marine, the soldier, the sailor or the airman.
At its center a 5-way military medal features the emblem of the branch of service to which the man or woman in uniform serves. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, National Guard and Coast Guard versions are available.
On the bottom of the medal, St. Michael the Archangel is pictured. He is the most powerful and exalted of all angels, who led the charge against the rebellious angels and himself cast Satan into hell.
On the right is St. Joan of Arc, a 17 year old shepherdess, who was called by heavenly voices to lead the armies of France to victory.
On the top of the medal is St. George, traditionally depicted as he courageously slays the dragon, symbolic of both the spiritual and the temporal struggle.
On the left side, is our guardian angel, our most faithful friend, who never leaves our side and is always ready to come to our aid.
Surrounded by these protectors, the emblem of military service is anchored to every Christian’s call to defend and protect others and to oppose evil in both the temporal and spiritual realms.
REASON #3 – Because You Love Them
5-way medals are typically a gift to a son, daughter, husband, wife or grandchild currently serving, just completing basic training, or preparing for deployment. A 5-way medal is a visible sign of your love and concern. Because of the personal nature of these gifts, engraving of a personal message is an extremely popular option for 5-way medals. When you can’t always be there with them, your personal message on the back lets them know:
That you are always thinking of them.
That you are proud of them.
That you love them.
Many times, a spouse or one or both parents wear a matching 5-way medal as a prayerful connection to their husband/wife or son/daughter in the service.
REASON #4 – The Medals are Traditional American Craftsmanship
Our store’s 5-Way Military Medals are fine examples of traditional American craftsmanship. We are proud that our medals are made in the United States by family owned businesses one with over 100 years experience in making Catholic items.These medals excel in quality. After the image of the medal is pressed, a team of engravers (father and son) work together and hand-engrave the edging of each medal. It results in a beautiful bright-cut medal that is of heirloom quality.
This Fourth of July as we thank God for our freedom, let us offer our prayers for those who have served and are currently serving in the military.