Dr. Christina Greer (115266)
Dr. Christina Greer

I’m not sure if you readers are aware, but 11/11 is my favorite day of the year. I get to celebrate two important holidays that are near and dear to me. The first holiday many of you likely recognize and spend time observing is Veterans Day.

Veterans Day began as a day to honor and remember our service men and women who died, so that we may have the freedoms we experience each and every day. Veterans Day is also the day we properly thank and honor all of those who served honorably in the military—in wartime or peacetime. It is important to remember the thousands of veterans who fought in various wars and interventions overseas. However, it is also important to remember the many veterans who may not have ever seen combat but stood ready to leave their families, risk their lives, and defend our nation.

I don’t know if we can ever truly thank our veterans (and their families) for the service they have provided our nation. I have complicated feelings about some of the wars and interventions the United States military has chosen to engage in. However, I don’t have complicated feelings about the individuals who bravely put on a uniform each morning without question to face an unknown.

November 11 is also one of my favorite holidays because I get to celebrate National Corduroy Day. Yes, you read that correctly. 11/11 looks like corduroy and has been designated the official day to celebrate. I have always been a lover of corduroy. Anyone who grew up in the 1970s or 1980s no doubtedly had several corduroy items in their closet.

Corduroy comes in several different thicknesses and I for one am a fan of a thinner wale, that is the width of the ribbing of corduroy. On 11/11 one must wear at least 2-3 pieces of corduroy to properly celebrate the holiday. I know it may sound silly, but I look forward to 11/11 all year long. I don’t know when my true love of the “king’s cloth” came to be (some say it is from 17th-century France and comes from the phrase ‘corde du roi’ or ‘the king’s cloth’), but I am so glad I have joined this odd group of people who love the different textures and colors of this unique fabric. 

Some say November 11th is connected to the Mayan Apocalypse while others observe Armistice day when millions of people across the world fall silent at 11 a.m. on November 11th to remember the fallen from World War I. However you choose to celebrate November 11th, just know you have a community of people who are honoring, remembering, reflecting, or celebrating. We are all connected and hopefully you will look at November 11th with a new pair of eyes. 

Christina Greer, Ph.D., is an associate professor at Fordham University, the author of “Black Ethnics: Race, Immigration, and the Pursuit of the American Dream,” and the co-host of the podcast FAQ-NYC and host of The Blackest Questions podcast at TheGrio.

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