Soldiers and Cigars
American soldiers were first introduced to cigars during the Mexican War of 1846 to 1848 and they have been smoking them ever since.
Why do our service men and women smoke cigars? The same reasons we all smoke them, of course. But, the time for a cigar is much more special because of their surroundings.
Smoking cigars develops camaraderie among the troops, from enlisted men to commissioned officers. In a story I read online, there was a Marine Major who set aside time for a regular cigar night with his team. It was important for them to take some time, recover from the week and get some perspective.
Speaking with a friend of mine, he recalled fond memories of enjoying cigars with his friends at the annual Marine Corps Ball. At that time, cigar smoking was not very common and it was a very special moment when cigars were broken out and passed around. The cigar celebration was normally announced by the Sergeant Major of the unit.
Other moments he recalled involved Friday night card and domino games in Okinawa, Japan that would also included drinks and cigars.
In today’s military, after letters, cigars are the #1 most requested item by troops overseas. Apparently, they can be hard to come by and every soldier knows the importance of the small comforts that make a difficult situation easier.
The days of our enlisted personnel are long and exhausting. Sometimes their one reprieve is a cigar break in the evening.
Many of you are familiar with and have participated in cigar collections for our men and women in the military. Many of the collection drives are driven by individuals and lately, more and more organizations have formed for this purpose. It makes us feel good to give and allows the people who receive these gifts to enjoy some great cigars they may not be able to smoke otherwise.
While all of the above reasons for enjoying a cigar are all fine and good, perhaps the best reason as one serviceman put it, is that nothing beats a good cigar to celebrate being alive!Soldiers and Cigars - A Break Well Deserved by David Sabot