I’ve been reading again. Just noticed in this morning’s KC Star that Prince William has been accorded the honour of Royal Knight of the Garter. Very interesting uniform.
That led me to think about General George Patton. He designed fine military uniforms, many of which were put into service, but others never saw battle. They were glorious!
As a child I remember pulling uniforms, of my own parents, out of our cedar chest. Mother was a cadet nurse trained by the U.S Navy in WWII. I never really wanted to be a nurse, but OH, How Dearly, I Wanted to Wear that Cape and Baret! Blue wool lined with scarlet wool, and a St. Luke, the Physician, Insignia on the breat! It too was glorious!
Imagine my surprize when I pulled out Dad’s old Navy Chief’s dress uniform and found the lining to be of black and red silk dragons! Equally fastening were his daily uniforms. Strong, durable, high quality fabrics and buttons, designed to impress, but also designed with the full range of motion, necessary in battle. Thinking back now, every possible duty of service, every action of war, must have been considered in the design of Navy uniforms.
Today our policemen look more friendly than awe inspiring. Many of your readers will remember how fine Sean Connery looked in his Policeman’s uniform in The Untouchables. Some will remember, the admiration, we felt as students when police officers or firemen, gave safety lectures in our schools. Our little Michigan town held a parade every Memorial Day, allowing us children, the opportunity to see the uniforms worn in the service of our county back as many as 70-75 years. Still proudly worn.
In 2008, nothing so defines valor as the New York City Fire Department uniforms. As we move toward, yet another black anniversary, Threads has an opportunity to honor service men and women, Past and Present, with a story illustrating the theory behind the designs, the garments themselves, and the manufacture, of clothing worn into harm’s way.
Edited 6/17/2008 8:43 am ET by GailAnn