Today marks the beginning of Fleet Week, a celebration of our armed forces service members and Naval tradition in particular leading up to Memorial Day. Fleet week itself has been around for decades in various forms and taken place in a multitude of port cities throughout the nation. In my hometown of New York City, we will be marking our 29th official anniversary of the celebration with a customary sea parade of US Navy ships whose sailors and marines will set ashore for all manner of festivities.
To coincide with this momentous occasion, I have taken it upon myself to do a series of essays about films that center on Naval warfare and/or traditions. There is a wide swath of such films to choose from, so my take will be a combination of favorites that have resonated with me along with forgotten or underrated works that deserve a closer look. While I’ll mostly stick to sea faring, I’ll leave some wiggle room to include a few genre favorites that I feel fit the theme coherently.
I’m very excited to be taking on this endeavor. It is both an expression of joy and personal challenge. Ive never written such a high volume of work in this condensed time frame, so I’m putting myself to the test. If I plan to make some type of living out of writing continuously, this is as good a time as any to start. I look forward to your comments and feedback about my selections, and I welcome any suggestions. If you are so inclined, I’d encourage you to draft up a small piece of your own celebrating a personal favorite. I love reading your comments just as much as I love expressing myself through writing, and I cant wait to see what great ideas and discussion born from this project. Peace!