National Armed Forces Day on June 25th marks the start of Armed Forces Weekend and the perfect opportunity to honor the history of the military, the service of veterans, and those still serving in the present day.
Cigars and the Armed Forces have a long history together. From real-life figures like Sir Winston Churchill, to fictional characters like The A-Team's John 'Hannibal' Smith, many of the best-known military leaders have been regular cigar smokers.
As this celebration approaches, let's take a look in more detail at National Armed Forces Day and some of the best cigars for Armed Forces Weekend, either for yourself or as a gift for someone with a military connection.
What is National Armed Forces Day?
National Armed Forces Day is celebrated on the last Saturday in June. It's a tradition that began in 2006, and an opportunity to recognize the sacrifices made by those serving in the Army, Navy and Air Force.
For those who are currently serving overseas, Armed Forces Weekend is also a chance to show their families that they are not forgotten, with online events and real-world gatherings to mark the occasion.
The day honors anyone involved in the Armed Forces, from full-time serving military, to reservists, veterans, and their families and friends.
How is Armed Forces Day celebrated?
Armed Forces Day is celebrated with hundreds of events, including military parades and flag-raising ceremonies. Communities come together, with serving officers' families and friends spending the day with each other.
You can mark Armed Forces Day at home over the course of the weekend. Host a barbecue, fly your flag, send up some fireworks, or just spend a few minutes in quiet reflection with a cigar and a whiskey.
There are endless options — it's not about what you do, it's about appreciating the contribution made by everyone in the Armed Forces, whether they are retired or still serving.
Cigars for Armed Forces Weekend
With all of the above in mind, if you're lighting up a stick of your own, or looking for the perfect gift for a friend or family member in the Forces, you'll find all these available at your nearest Casa de Montecristo store.