During the Civil War this was the first recorded incident of American soldiers making an effort to ensure that their identities would be known should they die on the battlefield. Some troops fashioned their own "ID" (identification) tags out of pieces of wood, boring a hole in one end so that they could be worn on a string around the neck. First official advocacy of issuing identification tags took place in 1899 - an "identity disc" in the combat field kit evolved The Army Regulations of 1913 made identification tags mandatory, and by 1917, all combat soldiers wore aluminum discs on chains around their necks. By World War II the older style was replaced by the oblong shape familiar to us today, generally referred to as "dog tags." Today’s technology allows that 80% of a soldier’s medical and dental data be held on a microchip In recent years, a near perfect record of identifying service members who have died in the line of duty has been achieved, a far cry from the 58% rate of identification that stood during the Civil War. The ID tag has been and remains a major part of the reason for this record.
The three (3) Mace brothers come from a long line of Air Force service. Their uncle Ronald Mace is a 20-year Air Force veteran who currently works for the FAA in a high level position. Their grandfather retired Col. Wm. S. Mace: US Air Force flew late during WW II, the Korean War and in Viet Nam. During his over 30 years of service was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Purple Heart among other awards and medals. The Southern Oregon based founder of RoyceWare Jewelry and Accessories, found her heart being pulled to the history and the message of the traditional military ID “Dog” Tag. “The result is her interpretation of the id tag toggled with tumbling charms including classic crosses, keys, fleur-de-lis, crowns and other life inspired symbols that represent the “Divine Protection” message. “I believe everyone wearing a “Divine Protection” Tag is sending a message of protection and security to those they love, especially the members of our military. It’s a piece of jewelry that connects the individual to someone to whom they offer support and protection. It’s an American tradition designed in a fashionable, contemporary style.”