Celebrating Veterans Day with Cigars in Tribute to Those Who Served

Celebrating Veterans Day with Cigars in Tribute to Those Who Served
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Veterans Day Cigars

On the historic moment of the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, the world witnessed the end of hostilities between the Allied nations and Germany, marking the conclusion of World War I, also known as "The Great War." In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson officially declared November 11 as Armistice Day, a day to honor the brave individuals who had fought and sacrificed their lives in this monumental conflict. On May 13, 1938, the United States Congress formally recognized November 11 as a federal holiday. In 1954, a bill passed by Congress, signed into law by President Eisenhower, transformed Armistice Day into Veterans Day, a day of commemoration for all who have served honorably in the military during both times of war and peace.

The connection between cigars and the military runs deep. Throughout the Civil War, cigars played a significant role in the daily life of Ulysses S. Grant, a testament to their enduring presence in military culture. Many presidents and military leaders have shared a passion for cigars, viewing them as a source of enjoyment and camaraderie. For countless service members spending extended periods away from their loved ones and the comforts of everyday life, premium cigars offer a means of relaxation and connection.

In the annals of history, one remarkable individual stands out: Richard Overton, the oldest living man in the United States until his passing in 2018 at the age of 112. A revered U.S. Army Veteran, he received special recognition from President Obama on Veterans Day in 2013. Astonishingly, Mr. Overton enjoyed smoking twelve cigars a day.

A fine handcrafted cigar is a fitting tribute to military service, whether you or your loved ones are currently serving or have retired from our armed forces. As we approach Veterans Day, here are outstanding cigars to savor in honor of our veterans.


CAO America Landmark, Monument, and Potomac Cigars

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Dedicated to the colors of the American flag, CAO America stands as a cigar of distinct craftsmanship and an exceptional smoking experience. Much like the United States, CAO America embraces diversity in its composition. It boasts a rare blend of filler tobaccos hailing from Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic, harmoniously combined with tobaccos sourced from Italy and the USA. A zesty Brazilian binder skillfully unifies this blend. However, what truly sets it apart is the dual wrapper technique employed. By using both Connecticut shade and Connecticut broadleaf maduro wrappers, CAO America creates a striking "barber pole" appearance. Although many classify this cigar as medium-to-full-bodied, our experience leans more towards the medium end of that spectrum.

CAO America proudly displays an exquisite band featuring the American flag motif, accompanied by a secondary blue and gold band at the foot, adorned with stars and the emblematic eagle seal of the United States. Beyond its eye-catching presentation, the visual impact of the two distinct wrapper leaves intertwined in a striped pattern is truly remarkable. CAO America is a cigar that inspires a sense of patriotism, one that encourages a salute to its unique appearance, exceptional blend, and robust flavors.
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Alec Bradley American Classic Cigars

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The name of a cigar can sometimes be a mystery, but when it comes to Alec Bradley American Classic, there's no enigma to unravel. The name directly alludes to its purpose: to offer the nostalgic experience of enjoying a cigar reminiscent of those crafted during the peak of Tampa's cigar production in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Much like the majority of cigars rolled in Ybor City, this cigar boasts a blend of tobaccos sourced from Central America. The filler and binder comprise luscious, robust Nicaraguan leaves, while the wrapper is a velvety and flavorful Honduran Connecticut chosen for its gentle creaminess.
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Cigars Made in America

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The United States has many cigar manufacturers that hand-roll cigars. Like J.C. Newman (in Ybor City / Tampa, FL- "cigar capital of the world" in the early 1920s), George Rico (Gran Habano), Don Pepin, Ernesto Padilla, and El Titan de Bronze (rolls for La Palina and Drew Estate in Miami) carefully create small-batch handmades right on American soil. Also, states like Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Florida grow some of the most prized tobacco leaves.
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