Personalized Dog Tags Honor Soldiers and Others

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Personalized Dog Tags Encourage Patriotism . Whimsical Messages Defy Solemn Purpose of Official Dog Tags. Arizona embroidery company adds embossed aluminum dog tags to its line of personalized clothing and gifts. The whimsical tags borrow patriotic emotion from the purpose of official dog tags—identification of soldiers in the field.

"This is a fun and meaningful way for a soldier's loved ones to hold thoughts of them close to their hearts"

The Tiny Solider, creators of military and service-themed clothing for children and nationwide custom embroidery, introduced a line of military-style aluminum dog tags with plastic silencers that can be personalized with embossed messages and given as gifts or kept as remembrances.

"The purpose of official military dog tags is very solemn—to identify soldiers in the field. That purpose lends some patriotic emotion to our new line of personalized dog tags. The tags, when they are embossed with custom messages, are really special to the person who wears them," said the company's president, Janell Mitchell. "This is a fun and meaningful way for a soldier's loved ones to hold thoughts of them close to their hearts, but anyone can order dog tags with a message for any occasion."

The Tiny Solider dog tags are handmade on a classic hand-crank Addressograph embossing machine. The 2-inch by 1-inch aluminum tags come in sets of two on a 24-inch ball chain for $12.00. Customers can choose the words on the tags. For example, a soldier's child might wear dog tags that say, "My daddy is my hero." Some people emboss medical alerts on the tags or include contact information to identify luggage or lost children.

Each tag set comes with two soft plastic silencers to stretch around the outside of the tags to keep them from clicking together. Customers can choose from a wide variety of silencer colors, including green camouflage and brown camouflage, as well as red, white and blue.

Customers can order the dog tags directly from The Tiny Solider website: http://www.thetinysoldier.com. The Tiny Solider also provides custom embroidery for ball teams, businesses, charity organizations and others. Embroidery designs can be applied to nearly any fabric item a customer desires. The Tiny Soldier's flagship product is children's clothing with a customer's choice of patriotic designs embroidered on them. For more information, call Janell Mitchell at 623-825-5057, or e-mail janell(at)thetinysoldier(dot)com.

About The Tiny Soldier
To honor U.S. soldiers and other civil servants, The Tiny Solider produces infant clothing and children's clothing with distinctive whimsical designs that make patriotism fun for everyone. The Tiny Solider also offers high-quality personalized gifts and custom-designed logo merchandise for companies, teams and other organizations. Five percent of all profits go to Operation Gratitude to support U.S. troops. For more information, visit http://www.thetinysoldier.com.

More About Dog Tags
Nearly half of the soldiers who died in the United States Civil War in the 1860s were unidentified on the battle fields. That's why so many soldiers' graves are marked "Unknown." In 1863, however, soldiers serving under General Meade began writing their names and units on paper tags and pinning them to their clothing, then making wooden tags to hang around their necks. In 1913, Army Regulations made identification tags mandatory, and by 1917 all combat soldiers wore aluminum discs on chains around their necks. By World War II, the disc had been replaced by the oblong tags we call dog tags. Today, dog tags are used by all branches of the U.S. military and by most foreign military forces. Read more about dog tags on the Web site of the U.S. Army Quartermaster Foundation of Fort Lee, Virginia: http://www.qmfound.com/short_history_of_identification_tags.htm.

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