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15 Years Later: Remembering September 11

15 Years Later: Remembering September 11

Remembering September 11

Where were you on September 11, 2001?

If you’re like us, you were starting off an ordinary Tuesday. Making your morning coffee. Rushing into the office. For the younger ones among us, maybe even sitting in your second period math class.

And then things changed forever.

While we’ll never forget where we were on that fateful day, we think on this 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks, it’s much more important to remember where they are.

The first responders who rushed toward the falling towers, paying the ultimate sacrifice. The children who were just infants at the time of the attack, and are now growing up without a mom or dad. The survivors who are still struggling with scars, both physical and emotional, more than a decade later.

We remember them, and we honor them. We encourage you to do the same.

On Patriot Day this year, please consider giving to one of these deserving organizations:

Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which has contributed more than $100 million to the dependents of those killed or injured in the attacks.

The New York Community Trust, which has continuously provided legal, financial and revitalization support for people and places affected by the attacks.

FealGood Foundation, which helps to cover medical expenses of emergency responders with health conditions stemming from the attacks.

7 Things To Know Before Attending Your First Military Ball

7 Things To Know Before Attending Your First Military Ball

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Your first military ball can be nerve-wracking, from the duds you'll don to the etiquette you'll be expected to follow.

We’ve taken the best advice from ladies and gents who've been around the military ball block a time or two, and here's what you should prepare for.

DO DRESS CLASSY AND ELEGANT.

The servicemen and women are going to be dressed to the nines in their uniforms, so you should be looking dapper, too.

Women generally wear gowns that are floor-length or just below the knee. While we love those little cocktail dresses as much as the next guy, save them for a less formal occasion.

For the guys, a dark suit and bowtie or tuxedo are in order. Ties are alright, but make sure it’s simple and leave the wacky designs at home.

DO PICK THE RIGHT COLOR OF DRESS.

For the ladies, stay away from loud colors and patterns. This isn't the time to make your fashion choice the center of attention.

Go with a color that compliments your date’s uniform. Think classy but minimal; red, black and white are safe bets that'll look great. 

DON’T GET SLOSHED

It might be tempting to let loose, but pace yourself during the cocktail hour and throughout the rest of the ball. Save the boozing and shenanigans for the after-party, when many attendees move on to a local bar.

Getting sloppy isn't a good look for you or your date when brass and command are nearby. Treat it like a work event.

DO VISIT THE RECEIVING LINE

Long story short, this is a traditional meet-and-greet with the guest of honor and higher brass. It’s bad form not to go through it.

ENJOY THE DANCE FLOOR, BUT DON’T GET TOO CRAZY.

There’s nothing wrong with dancing, but this is a military ball, so save the raunchy stuff for the nightclub or your buddy’s wedding.

Keep it classy and appropriate. Drinking in moderation will help you keep from breaking this rule.

DO USE THE RESTROOM BEFORE THE CEREMONIES.

Depending on the ball, there will be a bunch of traditions and formal ceremonies to sit through, and they’re not necessarily short.

It’s best to use the restroom before it all gets underway so you don't have to be that guy ducking out while someone's on stage.

DO HAVE FUN AND RELAX.

Don't fret over the whole thing too much. The ball is meant to be enjoyable. 

It’s a unique and awesome experience that not everyone gets to attend, so have fun with it!

Did you know Lucky Shot offers guaranteed lowest pricing on military ball souvenirs? Shop our selection of military ball gifts here, or call us at 407-985-3966 x.102 and we'll cook up something special just for your event. 

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