This sounds like a niche topic, but it isn't. It has universal relevance to every person in attendance, and everyone makes a personal connection. Learn about the history, heraldry and use of military insignia. With an emphasis on shoulder sleeve insignia, Chris guides the audience from the Civil War to WW II. The presentation is a stunning walk through time and the proliferation of the colorful and complicated badges worn by soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen. Tempered with fascinating anecdotes, humor, and inspirational moments, the journey is delightful. Chris has deliberately made this an interactive experience so the audience is engaged and participative. Veterans walk away knowing things they never knew about the symbols they wore. Citizens walk away with an appreciation they never had before of the symbols they have seen in airports, family photos or in the attic. And, more importantly, an appreciation for the people that earned the right to wear them. If your group appreciates what it means to be an American, they will find this interactive activity a wonderful experience. As much as possible, I try to tailor each presentation to the venue, purpose and audience and you will find it to be specifically suited for your membership. HISTORY, HERALDRY & USE OF AMERICAN MILITARY INSIGNIA: Chris offers presentations about his life-long passion - the history, heraldry and use of American military insignia. With an emphasis on shoulder sleeve insignia, Chris guides the audience from the Civil War to WW II. The presentation is a vivid and stunning walk through history and the proliferation of the colorful and complicated badges worn by soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen. Tempered with fascinating anecdotes, humor and inspirational moments, the journey is delightful. These badges represent the experiences and memories that are forever indelibly etched in the minds of the men and women who have worn them. This presentation is suitable for students of all ages and all institutions, veterans' groups, military unit reunions, military academies, active duty personnel, community groups and any individual or organization that is interested in our history and the troubled times that shaped our world. These presentations have received nothing but rave reviews by everyone who experiences them. While the topic sounds like a “niche” interest, it isn’t. Every family and every person has associations to the subject matter. You do not have to be a historian or veteran to appreciate this wonderful story and the legacy of these sacred symbols. And you cannot help but be touched by the delivery and introduction. We all have a grandparent, parent, aunt, uncle, sibling, son, or daughter who has worn a uniform in service of the United States. It is incumbent upon all of us to ensure that our heroes aren't forgotten and to keep the story of their selfless contributions alive. Having this discussion facilitated by a powerful presenter makes it a truly memorable hallmark for your event. With deliberate intent, Chris makes these presentations interactive and participative. *Attendees are encouraged to bring family mementos they are curious about. Chris will help identify your items and unlock the story behind them!