To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor, a company called Bands For Arms is creating a series of handmade bracelets made from the uniforms of military service members. The Pearl Harbor Collection includes six bracelets and will be available on July 4th, 2011. The Pearl Harbor attacks took place on December 7, 1941.
In everything Bands For Arms does, their main mission is to support military non-profit organizations and continue to provide a link between service members and loved ones. They donate 50% of the sale price to organizations like USO Japan, the National World War II Museum, Project Lifting Spirits and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.
Proceeds from the Pearl Harbor Collection will go to The Arizona Memorial. Bands For Arms owner Nick Mendoza III and fellow Bands For Arms staff will present them in August 2011.
Bands For Arms’ goal is to bring awareness to our American military by bracelets made from actual service members’ and veterans’ uniforms.
Every band, necklace and artwork created by Bands For Arms includes an information card with background on who originally donated the uniform-turned-artful-accessory. Bands in the Pearl Harbor Collection include:
- Ford Island
Bands For Arms reuses donated uniforms to create wearable pieces of art. Their past collections include International, Signature, and much more. Individual bands are made throughout the year, viewable in their 2011 Collection album on Facebook.
Owner Nick Mendoza III founded Bands For Arms in hopes of strengthening communication pathways between families and those serving in the military. Nick’s inspiration came when he lost a friend in 2009 and the friend’s mother wished they could have keep in touch more often.
“Nick wanted to make a difference in military members hearts by making a continuous effort to keep lines of communication open with their loved ones.”