This day, Memorial Day, was established as a national holiday, to remember those who have given their lives serving in the country’s armed forces. Memorial Day is observed every year on the last Monday of May. Originally called Decoration Day, the observance began shortly after the Civil War to commemorate soldiers killed in that war and has evolved to what it is today.
The term armed forces refers to the 5 branches of the military; Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. Alex Orthopedic, Inc. honors all of our service men and women who have given their lives in the performance of their duties. We do so every day, with sales of our Patriotic Cane Collection. A portion of the proceeds from every cane sold goes back to the branch of the service represented on the cane.
This year, we would like to emphasize a branch that doesn’t get the same recognition as the other 4 branches, the United States Coast Guard. This branch of the service has not only protected our coast lines from attack, but has also landed troops on D-Day and on many islands in the Pacific during World War II. The United States Coast Guard has served in the Viet Nam conflict and even in Iraq.