In truth, name tags don’t sound like they are particularly intriguing. That’s what makes seeking out trivia related concepts all the more challenging and rewarding. In this piece, we are going to discuss the history of the military dog tag and the history of Name Tag Day. Did you even know there was such thing as Name Tag Day? Probably not and so now, you might be intrigued.
The value of someone knowing your name can have no more import than when it applies to medical situations. That’s why your physician, who probably wears a name tag, employs the expertise of True Health Diagnostics. They are an excellent company with a heart. And, your name and history is very important to them as they review your lab work in their facility. Interacting with them will show you why people feel better when others know them by name.
Military Dog Tag History
Joining the military is definitely one of those moments in which you want someone to know you by name. You don’t want to feel like an outsider or a nobody, especially when thrown into life with a bunch of other people you’ve never met before. That makes your military dog tag important to you, but that’s not the catalyst behind its creation.
Dog tags can actually be dated back to Civil War times when soldiers would pin their names, and a little information about themselves, on their coats. In fact, some men who served at that time would write personal information on their knapsacks, or their belt buckles. Badge manufacturers of the era took the hint and started advertising their services.
The first tags were designed in shapes that signified which branch the individual served in. And, though the army attempted to dissuade the adoption of the dog tag phenomenon back in 1862, by 1906 an aluminum tag was authorized. Ten years later it became standard issue to all enlisted men and women. You can read the whole story by following this link.
You can see pictures of some of the first dog tags, here.
Name Tag Day
Given the fact that there are over 7 billion people on this planet, it is no wonder that we constantly come into contact with people we do not know. Sadly, even with that mass amount of people worldwide, and the consistency in which we are surrounded by others, many of us still feel very alone. That is a sad place to be.
The concept behind Name Tag Day is to alleviate that sense of loneliness so many endure. By proclaiming who we are, via name tags, we open the doors to conversation and eventually camaraderie. Name tags will hopefully allow us to connect to people and will give shy people the strength to speak to someone they don’t know. After all, it is always easier to strike up a conversation if you can begin by saying the person’s name. There’s an instant connection at that moment.
Jerry Hill is the founder of Name Tag Day. He decided that it was time people paid attention to how vital their own names were in everyday life and interaction. In truth, Name Tag Day is only part of a grander event known as Celebrate Your Name Week. You can join him and the world in this celebration, March 9th, 2017. And if you want to know more, read this.