Custom Memorial Bracelets
A memorial bracelet is a cuff style bracelet worn around the wrist. The bracelet is made of either aluminum, stainless steel, or leather and engraved with the name of a person who died or an event. These bracelets are worn as a way to show support, to remember a victim or hero of terrorism or war, to make people aware of a person that has died and the reason for the death, to commemorate an event such as the September 11 attacks on the United States, or to support and remember American servicepeople who were POWs, MIA or Killed In Action (KIA).
Also known as KIA bracelets, they are commonly worn by combat veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars to honor comrades who have been killed in action. A common three line format is as follows: Line 1 - deceased service member's rank and name. Line 2 - unit, date of death, and branch of service. Line 3 - Location of death, usually Village/City/Province and Country. Other engravings on the bracelet can include unit patches, religious and patriotic symbols, and flags.
A POW bracelet (or POW/MIA bracelet) is a commemorative bracelet engraved with the rank, name, and loss date of an American serviceman captured or missing during the Vietnam War.
The bracelets were first created in May 1970 by a California student group called Voices in Vital America (VIVA), with the intention that American Prisoners Of War in Vietnam not be forgotten.
Those who wore the bracelets vowed to leave them on until the soldier named on the bracelet, or their remains, were returned to America.
Afghanistan - Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF)
Iraq and Syria - Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation New Dawn (OND), Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR)
Operation Active Endeavour (OAE)