The Award Plaque – A Timeless Tradition

Written by
Kyle Sherman
Published on
October 10, 2021 at 8:00:00 AM PDT October 10, 2021 at 8:00:00 AM PDTth, October 10, 2021 at 8:00:00 AM PDT

Honoring the Fallen and Historical Sites

The earliest plaques are found in the 12th century throughout the Benin Empire in present-day Nigeria. Bronze and brass placards herald warriors and key battles fought on behalf of the kingdom. These are not unlike plaques we see today, paying homage to soldiers who died in the service of their country. Plaques are not just memorials but informational signs. For over 150 years, the blue plaques of London point out historical locations and the people who lived there. In the U.S., the National Trust for Historical Preservation bestows markers to buildings and places that gain National Registry status.

Today’s Custom Engraved Award Plaques

Today, award plaques are used for many of the same reasons as those from the past, plus a whole lot more. Rather than the old-style, cast metal plaques of years gone by, today’s plaques are made from thinner metal and other materials that allow for the use of modern techniques for placing personalized messages, artwork and photography onto them. For instance, laser engraving is a common 21st century technology to customize award plaques and trophies.

Another modern notion is that recognition is only one way to make use of a plaque. Here are a few more reasons to personalize a custom engraved plaque:

● Grand openings of businesses

● Personal timelines

Family trees

● Occupational milestones

● Family memorials

● Sports titles

Preserve printed articles

● Congratulation inventors with a patent

The list is as long as your imagination!

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