The card enclosed with the brooch reads:
"Older than the Republic itself, the Army has defended life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans for over 226 years. This Army Brooch celebrates that history and the devotion of Soldiers who have served to keep our country safe and free. Oak leaves, cradling a Star and Eagle, symbolize the strength of the Nation and its Senior Service's commitment to Duty and Honor. The Star represents the foundation for all things honorable and loyal in a profession where Trust is the most valued attribute. The Eagle of the Great Seal of the United States, adopted in 1782 from early designs by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Benjamin Franklin, honors the courage and vision to which our men and women soar. The pearl-encrusted Acorns symbolize the quiet strength of our families, precious and pure. Finally, the Emerald crystal represents the eternal vigor and youth that is Army-yesterday, today, forever."
Deluxe Custom Gold Wrap is included. It is Ann Hand's gift to you at no charge.