Sweetheart Jewelry

Airports celebrate Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day pops up on a Sunday this year, and that gives everyone a full weekend to celebrate the holiday.

This year, even airports are getting in on the action.

Today, Friday, Feb 12th,  the Food and Shops at New York’s LaGuardia Airport will be handing out free chocolate kisses in the Central Terminal between 11 am and 4 pm. All the shops are gussied up for the holiday as well, with plenty of grab ‘n’ go treats for your sweetie.

(Photo courtesy Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int’l Airport)

The Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) has a great Sweetheart Jewelry exhibit on loan from the National Museum of Patriotism.

On Sunday, volunteers at Florida’s Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) will be handing out about 1,000 red carnations (they do that on Mother’s Day as well)

And Singapore’s Changi Airport is celebrating the holiday with a bouquet’s worth of giant, Valentine’s Day decorations scattered throughout the terminals.

(Photos courtesy Changi Airport Group)

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sweetheart jewelry at Atlanta Airport

Valentine’s Day is coming up and that makes it a good time to check out the exhibit of necklaces, bracelets, lockets, pins and “Sweetheart jewelry” on display at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

According to the airport newsletter:

During World War II, sending mementos known as sweetheart jewelry to soldiers was a popular tradition, which had started during World War I.

Soldiers would pound, mold, hammer and polish any available piece of metal, plastic or seashells to make the jewelry. Aluminum and windshields from downed aircraft were used to craft bracelets, necklaces, pendants and pins

In addition to writing letters, families, wives and girlfriends shipped handcrafted jewelry as another way to stay connected with the soldiers.

The airport’s collection of sweetheart jewelry is from the National Museum of Patriotism (their Web site is undergoing a make-over) and is on display between the Terminal North baggage claim and the Airport’s MARTA station entrance.