It's time to get creative with a scanner and digital camera. Use the scanner to capture images of your medals one at a time. Scan your private papers and old letters.
Try capturing the image of your flight jacket, the woven olive green fibers of an Army uniform or even
photograph the boots you wore. It’s better to scan or photograph items before you frame them because it’s difficult to capture images through glass later on.
The best manner of preserving military medals is to place them under glass in either a shadow box or display case. Another option is using a specially-designed memento box with an insignia for your veteran’s branch of service. It’s similar to the storage chests used for keeping sterling silver flatware and is another option for storing items you may not want included in a display case.
There are specific rules regarding how these attachments should be displayed. Before you begin composing a shadow box, you should speak to a military awards specialist on the proper order to display your medals.
From what we could gather, the highest ranking medals are displayed starting on the top left. Any award displays are always enhanced by the use of patches, uniform insignia, skill badges, dog tags, P-38 can openers, shell casings, rings, rank and hat insignia, and foreign medals. A brass name plate should identify the veteran by full name, branch of service, unit, rank, entry and separation dates.
Handle military medals as little as possible. The acid in human perspiration can cause oxidation of your medals. Brush off any dirt using an art or pencil eraser. Don’t polish old medals, as it wears the medal. The natural patina helps identify its age. We recommend using white cotton lab gloves or surgical gloves.
If you have a large family and everyone in the family wants to own Granddad’s military medal display, what do you do?
Don't fret! The good news is you have some options.
You can order duplicate medals, have a military awards specialist recreate the entire display case, you could carefully photograph the display case and frame it, create an artful display, such as a photo book, using the photos and scans you took before you created the display case.
You could also speak to an expert from americanphotoshop.com about creating it for you.