Military mom creates Battle Saint bracelets to honor, protect service membersPosted: Updated:
PHOENIX -- While Cynthia LeMay can't physically be with her son on the front lines, she still has a unique connection with him no matter where he is. LeMay is the creator of the Battle Saint™ bracelet.
The LeMay family has several members -- a son, three nephews and two nieces -- serving in four of America's five fighting forces. They know what it means to be a military family.
LeMay stopped by 3TV Wednesday morning to show off the beautiful wood bracelets and explain the story behind them to Scott Pasmore.
It started with a family reunion. LeMay's nephew, a gunnery sergeant who was about to deploy for this third tour, had several bracelets given to him by his chaplain. As he shared stories of his experiences while deployed, LeMay's nephew passed out the bracelets and asked that they wear them for him and everyone else who serves.
"I decided that evening I wanted to do something to make a difference," LeMay said. "I spent months on the computer researching saints throughout history who have relevance to the military."
The Battle Saint™ bracelet was born.
Depending on the size, each bracelet is made up of images of between 12 and 16 different saints on jojoba wood. Each of those saints has a specific meaning. St. Michael, for example, is known as the patron saint of armed forces while St. Christopher is the patron saint of travelers, especially those on long journeys. Both icons are included on all of the bracelets.
"It's a way to keep you connected and honor our service men and women," she said.
The bracelets are for servicemen and servicewomen, as well as those who love them.
"I feel really proud to wear this and it makes me feel a bit more protected while I'm over there, like I've got someone watching over me," said Spc. Brandon Kuhn, U.S. Army.
It's a sentiment shared by many. Worn by celebrities like Zac Brown and the cast of "Band of Brothers," the Battle Saint™ bracelets have become quite popular.
"This has grown beyond our wildest imagination," LeMay said. "It's been a great project. ... We have folks all over the world ... wearing the bracelets."