November 10 is the Marine Corps birthday. November 10 is also the Founder’s Day for the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), my alma mater. November 11 is Veteran’s Day. It’s quite a military weekend for me. I don’t do too much. I rarely do. This time of year is a busy one for me. But I do try to take a moment and remember fond memories, friends, and long lost comrades. I text a few here and there, remember fun times, and that’s about the extent.
I had some movies on today, mostly in the background. The Gallant Hours, my personal favorite or World War II (or at least of the classic films), and Torpedo Run, a film I saw first today, were on the television. I guess I was in the mood for some World War II naval action. I’m still working through “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns, that’s on tonight while I’m typing this.
Overall, I do not bring much attention to this day, or days. There is not much fanfare nor celebration. In fact, there is something slightly odd and foreign within me when I am reminded that I am indeed a veteran. I do not know that this will subside.
Lastly, here are a few points of interest regarding Veteran’s Day from the VA’s website (https://www.va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp): President Woodrow Wilson stated in 1919: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…” The holiday, initially set aside as Armistice Day in the namesake of the ending of the Great War’s hostilities, was amended to become Veteran’s Day in 1954, honoring all of the nation’s veterans or all eras. Happy Founder’s Day Keydets. Happy Birthday, Marines. Happy Veteran’s Day.