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History and Holiday Spirit in a Special Wooden Box

The Washington Trophy Center is delighted to be a small part of this year’s 95th National Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Every year since 2004, the Washington Trophy Center has had the distinct honor of engraving for the National Park Service the aluminum plate attached to a one of a kind wooden box.  This special box is approximately 8 ¼ inches high and 7 ½ inches wide, and it holds the main switch used to light the National Community Christmas Tree.  The aluminum plate is 7 ¼ inches high and 6 ½ inches wide, and it is engraved with the President’s full name and the year.

The National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony is presented by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation. It is one of America’s oldest, and most memorable holiday traditions. Beginning with President Calvin Coolidge in 1923, each succeeding President of the United States has carried on this festive ritual.

The First Family will light the National Christmas Tree this evening in President’s Park.  In the spirit of this joyous event, the Washington Trophy Center wishes our patrons, friends, and colleagues a happy holiday season.

World Legacy Awards

National Geographic announced its 2017 World Legacy Awards winners and finalists in an awards ceremony on March 8, 2017 during the ITB Berlin Convention, the world’s largest travel trade fair.  The National Geographic World Legacy Awards honors leaders in the travel industry – businesses, organizations, and travel destinations that are paving the way in sustainable tourism best practices.

The Washington Trophy Center has had the distinction of providing National Geographic with its World Legacy Awards for the last three years.  The five winners each received an 8” laser engraved Optical Crystal Award manufactured by our product partner, Tropar.  This piece features a gleaming blue and silver globe.  Please see Tropar’s catalog for this award and many other product choices.

The 10 finalists each received a personalized 7″ x 9″ rosewood piano finished plaque with a laser engraved (text and globe logo) matte black aluminum plate and backed with a silver mat.  These specialty plaques are produced in-house.  Sample award plaques can be viewed here.

Reference:  National Geographic World Legacy Awards



Ceremonial Shell Casing Embedded in Lucite

In a tradition dating back to the European dynastic wars (1688-1748), military funerals honor the memory and service of a deceased veteran with the ceremonial shooting of three volleys.  Representing the words – duty, honor, and country – the three bullets’ spent shell casings are then presented to the recipient’s next of kin.

A proud wife and daughter chose to encapsulate the personal significance of the experience and symbolism of the tradition with three separate Lucite embedment keepsakes from our loyal product partner, Century Manufacturing.

Lucite acrylic is a premium, durable product.  Its versatility allows it to be handcrafted into various shapes and sizes, incorporating many different types of embedded objects.  Multiple items can be embedded and colors can even be added!  To learn more about these unique products and the embedment process, view Century Manufacturing’s brand new website!

References: Arlington National CemeteryNavy Military FuneralsThe Balance: U.S. Military Careers


Italian Embassy Receives Impressive Plaque

Matthew’s Architectural Products delivers again with an attractive, multicolored plaque made especially for the Italian Embassy’s Office of the Defense and Defense Cooperation.  Given by Casa Italiana at the Holy Rosary Church in Washington, DC, this plaque recognizes those who have sacrificed their lives for their homeland.

This distinguished plaque measures 22′ x 34′ and is mounted on a wood board.  It features ALUMICOLOR™, an exclusive technology, offering spot color or four-color photographic reproduction.  Cast and etched plaques can also be painted using this method.

Matthew’s custom manufactures every plaque to your specifications, while The Washington Trophy Center closely oversees the process from design to delivery.  Matthews can transform any creative idea into a visual masterpiece.  Please visit Matthew’s website to explore a variety of color signage solutions.

Jewish War Veterans Memorial

Jewish American Veterans Memorial Sculpture Rededication

In a ceremony on Nov 13, 2016, the sculpture memorializing American Jewish war veterans was rededicated at the memorial site in Rockville, MD.

The cast bronze plaques you see here were affixed to the back of the sculpture.  These plaques were created by our product partner, Matthew’s Architectural Products.  The permanence of cast bronze or aluminum, combined with their design versatility, make cast plaques an ideal choice for all memorial, commemorative, or dedication purposes.

Matthew’s custom manufactures every plaque to your specifications, while The Washington Trophy Center oversees the process from design to delivery.  No product quite compares to the artistry and durability of a Matthew’s cast plaque.  Please visit Matthew’s website and explore the various possibilities for your specific signage, memorial, or recognition project.


Make your business and your mission known!

Did you know that the Washington Trophy Center can assist you in promoting your company’s name and message?  Practical items such as hats, t-shirts, bags, mugs, pens, computer accessories, and much more, can be imprinted with your logo, slogan, etc. as an effective, affordable way to create a memorable impression, strengthen relationships, and increase brand awareness.

For your organization’s next conference, trade show, marketing campaign, meeting, or event, choose from our vast selection of promotional products,, and we will brand the item(s) for you!  For guidance in selecting the perfect product or if you have questions, please contact us.

Aesthetic and Functional

Welcome to The Washington Trophy Center’s redesigned online experience!

The Washington Trophy Center is proud and excited to introduce to you our new and improved website.   We trust that you will find it much easier to navigate, and you can now view us on any mobile device.  This modernized platform also allows for the creation of blog posts such as this one.  This is where we plan to frequently publish articles of interest to you, share facts about the awards and recognition industry, and spotlight the many top-quality products and valuable services we offer.

Thank you for reading our first blog entry!  We look forward to sharing more soon. Please take a tour of the snazzy, new, and certainly let us know what you think!