Happy Birthday to the U.S. Army!

238 years today for the United States Army!  A Very Special THANK YOU goes out to all of the U.S. Army for your continued service and commitment. 

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Medal of Honor Day in Its 150th Year

March 25th was celebrated as Medal of Honor Day – a day to pay respects to service members who have served and gone above and beyond the call of duty.

Citations for Medal of Honor recipients describe feats of courage, strength, and resilience. Recipients overcame the paralysis of fear, and in some cases, they persevered in spite of wounds that would normally be so painful as to be disabling. Some of these heroes willingly gave their lives for the sake of their buddies.

To further tribute Medal of Honor Day, here are eight interesting facts:

1) The earliest actions in which the Medal was awarded took place before the Civil War began on February 13-14, 1861.  Bernard J.D. Irwin  was an Assistant Surgeon in the Army when he voluntarily went to the rescue of 2d Lt. George N. Bascom who was trapped with 60 members of the 7th Infantry. Irwin and 14 men began the 100-mile trek to Bascom’s forces riding mules. After fighting and capturing Apaches along the way, as well as recovering stolen horses and cattle, Irwin reached Bascom’s forces and helped break the siege. The Medal of Honor was awareded to Irwin on January 24, 1894 – which was more than 30 years after he performed his heroic actions.

2)  In the beginning, the Medal of Honor was only awarded to enlisted service members. On March 3, 1863, this was changed to include officers as well.

Army Medal of Honor

3) There are three versions of the Medal of Honor: U.S. Army, U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force. Members of the U.S. Marines Corps and U.S. Coast Guard are eligible to receive the Navy version.  Likewise, each of the armed services maintains their own regulations governing the award.

Navy Medal of Honor

Air Force Medal of Honor

4)  Only one woman has received the Medal of Honor and her award was temporarily taken away. President Andrew Johnson presented the Medal of Honor to Dr. Mary E. Walker on November 11, 1865 for her actions as a Contract Acting Assistant Surgeon in a series of battles from First Bull Run in 1861 to the Battle of Atlanta in 1864. Caught by Confederate troops and arrested as a spy, she also spent four months as a Prisoner of War. Although her award was rescinded along with hundreds of others in 1917, upon the passage of legislation that stated the medal could only be given to persons who had engaged in “actual combat with an enemy,” Walker’s Medal of Honor was reinstated on June 10, 1977 by President Jimmy Carter.

5)  The Medal of Honor recommendation process can take in excess of 18 months with extreme scrutiny every step of the way because of the need for accuracy. To see a visual depiction of the process, visit www.army.mil/medalofhonor/steps.html

6) Children of Medal of Honor recipients are not subject to quotas if they are qualified and want to attend the U.S. military academies.

7) The recipients of Medal of Honor have uniform privileges, which allow them to wear their uniforms at any time or place they choose, unlike other military personnel or retirees.

8) Although it is not required by law or military regulation, service members are encouraged to salute Medal of Honor recipients as a gesture of respect and courtesy regardless of rank or status and, if the recipients are wearing the medal, whether or not they are in uniform. This is the only instance where a Soldier will receive a salute from members of a higher rank.

What information do you have about the Medal of Honor history or tradition that you can share in the comments section of this post?

Source:  Brown, Brittany. “The Medal of Honor:  Eight Surprising Facts.” Army Images, U.S. Army. 15, March 2013.  <http://armylive.dodlive.mil/index.php/2013/03/the-medal-of-honor-eight-surprising-facts/&gt;.

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Why Do We Spring Forward this Sunday?

It’s time to change those clocks this weekend. But have you ever wondered WHY?

Daylight Saving Time for the United States  and its territories, is NOT observed in Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and by most of Arizona (with the exception of the Navajo Indian Reservation in Arizona).

One of the biggest reasons we change our clocks to Daylight Saving Time (DST) is that it saves energy. Energy use and the demand for electricity for lighting our homes is directly related to when we go to bed and when we get up. Bedtime for most of us is late evening through the year.  When we go to bed, we turn off the lights and TV.

In the average home, 25 percent of all the electricity we use is for lighting and small appliances, such as TVs, DVRs and stereos. A good percentage of energy consumed by lighting and appliances occurs in the evening when families are home. By moving the clock ahead one hour, we can cut the amount of electricity we consume each day.

We also use less electricity because we are home fewer hours during the “longer” days of spring and summer. Most people plan outdoor activities in the extra daylight hours. When we are not at home, we do not turn on the appliances and lights. A poll done by the U.S. Department of Transportation indicated that Americans liked Daylight Saving Time because “there is more light in the evenings / can do more in the evenings.”

Daylight Saving Time is a change in the standard time of each time zone. Time zones were first used by the railroads in 1883 to standardize their schedules. According to the The Canadian Encyclopedia Plus by McClelland & Stewart Inc., Canada’s “[Sir Sandford] Fleming also played a key role in the development of a worldwide system of keeping time. Trains had made obsolete the old system where major cities and regions set clocks according to local astronomical conditions. Fleming advocated the adoption of a standard or mean time and hourly variations from that according to established time zones. He was instrumental in convening an International Prime Meridian Conference in Washington in 1884 at which the system of international standard time, still in use today, was adopted.”

Source:  ” Daylight saving time, its history and why we use it.” 8 March 2013. http://www.nationalatlas.gov/articles/boundaries/a_savingtime.html   Adapted from Aldrich, Bob, 2005, Saving Time, Saving Energy: California Energy Commission.

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Happy New Year tradition

January 1st is considered New Year’s Day in today’s society.  However, this is a pretty new concept because until the time of Julius Caesar, the Romans celebrated the New Year in March because it was the first month on the Roman calendar.  Yet  January 1 marked the time when the Romans changed government positions and new people were inducted into office.  And, they had games and feasting to celebrate the new officials.

It was Caesar who changed the Roman New Year’s Day to January 1st in honor of Janus, God of all beginnings and gate keeper of heaven and earth.  One of the customs in the festival honoring Janus was to exchange gifts and then make resolutions to be friendly and good to one another.

On the other hand, even in 1852, Great Britain and the English colonies in America still kept March as the beginning of the year.  It wasn’t until 1752 that Britain and  its colonies adapted the new Gregorian calendar and January 1st as the beginning of the new year.  But many Puritans in New England felt Janus was an offensive pagan god and chose to simply ignore January 1 as  New Years Day.  Instead, they just made the entire month of January as “The First Month” of the months.

However You choose to celebrate bringing in 2013, Raine Inc. hopes for you a safe Year!

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Source:  31 December 2012. http://brownielocks.com

The Holidays Are Upon Us

Raine Inc. would like to wish you Happy Holidays no matter what.

Click here to view a message from Raine’s Business Manager, Ron James.

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We Give Thanks!

Raine Inc. would like to wish you a very memorable and Happy Thanksgiving this year!

   We are Thankful…

I am thankful for my family, a great staff and Charlie (the dog). – John Raine

That I am still above ground. – Ron

I am thankful for my family and my job. – Diane

I am thankful for where I am at in my life right now. – Nancy

I am thankful for my family and my job. – Mary

I am thankful for my family and my job. – Charles

I am thankful that my family is healthy and happy. – Brandon

I am thankful for my family and job. – Kathy

 I am thankful for my faith, family, friends and that I have a job that I enjoy. – Regena

 I am thankful for my family and job. – Bell

I’m thankful to continue to serve our nation’s military in the national guard component and as a solutions creator for Raine Inc. – Will

That I am employed, have good health, and a great family and friends that support me.  – Steve

What are YOU thankful for this year?

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The Great American Smokeout

The goal of this special day is simple: to get people to quit smoking, resulting in fewer health problems, and  less cancer and emphysema deaths resulting from smoking and secondary smoke.

To quit smoking is not easy.  Most often, it takes repeated efforts. That’s okay, as long as you keep trying until you finally succeed. The health benefits, and the prospect of a longer life are crystal clear.

The American Cancer Society encourages all smokers to give up the “butt” today. Join millions of other Americans today and take a big step to a happier, healthier, longer life.

How did the Great American Smokeout Day begin?  The American Cancer Society created this day in 1977 and has done it every year since.  The goal is that someday, this special day will no longer be needed.

Source:  15 November 2012. www.holidayinsights.com

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November 10th Celebrates USMC

USMC Day celebrates the birth of the United States Marine Corps. Did you know? The Marine Corps were created during the Revolutionary War.

The Continental Congress of the newly created United States of America, authorized the creation of the Continental Marines on November 10, 1775.  It was later renamed the U.S. Marine Corps. It is often abbreviated as USMC.

The Marine Corps have proudly contributed in every war that has involved the United States.

Raine Inc. says “Thank You” to all active or retired Marine Corps for protecting our freedom.

Source:  9 November 2012. http://www.holidayinsights.com

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Last Minute Halloween Ideas

Visit your nearest Army Navy store for Raine products or order online at www.raineinc.com for that last minute Halloween costume party.

Raine Inc. offers Shot Gun Shell Belts, Military Pistol Belts, ditty bags  and other accessories that may help with that Halloween costume or even hunting season.

Happy Halloween! Did you know?

  • Jack o’ Lanterns began in Ireland where people placed candles in hollowed-out turnips to keep away spirits and ghosts on the Samhain holiday.
  • Pumpkins also come in white, blue and green. Excellent for unique carvings!
  • Halloween was brought to North America by immigrants from Europe who would celebrate the harvest around a bonfire, share ghost stories, sing, dance and tell fortunes.
  • Bobbing for apples is thought to have originated from the roman harvest festival that honors Pamona, the goddess of fruit trees.
  • Black cats were once believed to be witch’s familiars who protected their powers.
  • Tootsie Rolls were the first wrapped penny candy in America.
  • Halloween candy sales average about 2 billion dollars annually in the United States.
  • Chocolate candy bars are #1 as the most popular candy for trick-or-treaters with Snickers ranking #1.

Source:  http://www.halloween-website.com/trivia.htm

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Make A Difference Day is Coming Up!

When: The fourth Saturday in October

This year it is October 27th.

The national day began in 1990 and was initiated to help others by doing volunteer work in the community. The activity can be almost anything. Millions of Americans participate in community improvement projects. It takes the form of cleanup, fix up, painting, and repair in poorer neighborhoods, parks and municipal facilities. It doesn’t matter what project it might be. It doesn’t matter whether you help a non-profit organization, the community, your town, nursing home, a church, a food kitchen, or any other group in need. What matters is that you participate.

Make a commitment to help others for just one day. Make a difference on Make a Difference Day!

Did You Know?  Each year on Make a Difference Day, ex-President Jimmie Carter gets out his hammer and saw ,and helps to build or rebuild housing in underprivileged areas.

Steve Alt, Raine Inc.’s Operation Manager, leads a team of his friends who serve a meal to the community through a local church.  They are 1 of 11 teams that do this every 11 weeks and serve over 160 meals a week. In all, they have been able to serve over 50,000 meals since October 2004.  “This just one way my family can pay forward for all of the blessing we are given,” says Steve.

Raine would love to hear how you are able to help someone or organization in your community.  It just takes one person to lend a hand. Invite your kids, friends or family to get involved!

Source:  21 October 2012. http://www.holidayinsights.com

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