Soldiers frequently get military tattoos; there are also options for people who've never served. Soldiers often get tattoos to commemorate their time in the service or containing other military symbols and icons, while supporters get tattoos that recognise soldiers.
The U.S. Army symbol is a white star bordered in black and gold against a black background and gold trim. Underneath the star are the words "U.S. Army." You can also get your rank or regiment number tattooed on your arm, upper back or chest. While not an official Army symbol, the bald eagle is popular with people in the Army. It's often combined with the American flag.
An American flag or yellow ribbon with the words "Support Our Troops" shows your support and admiration. If you have a relative going off to duty, you can have the date she departed for service, or to a war zone, included in the tattoo and later add the date she returns.
Tattoos can be powerful memorials for people, places or events. A memorial Army tattoo can commemorate fallen loved ones or fellow soldiers with a meaningful message. You can also get tattoos memorialising wars in which the Army was triumphant. The name of a specific battle and a matching image also can work as an Army tattoo.
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