Appreciating Those Who Served on This Veterans Day


While I’m a die-hard pacifist, I also have a fair number of military folks in my family, including my father, grandfather, and their fathers several generations back, plus I have friends who served in the armed forces more recently. So I have a little idea of the sacrifices they made to do their jobs with honor, and it is only fitting that the United States have at least a day (if not more) to pay them respects.

I hope it’s not too trivial to share some favorite historical movie men in uniform on this day. But I think it’s a simple way for us civilians to appreciate the military and sneak a peek into that world. We may never fully understand what a person goes through in the armed services or during war, but watching movies and TV shows, however romanticized, at least keeps them in mind. And being easy on the eye can’t hurt!

1998-2003 Horatio Hornblower

Ioan Gruffudd as Horatio Hornblower

1993-2008 Sharpe

Sean Bean as Richard Sharpe

Note: I didn’t make that meme, but hey, I don’t disagree!

1953 From Here to Eternity

Burt Lancaster & Deborah Kerr in “From Here to Eternity” (he’s a sergeant, there’s a uniform earlier, really)

1995 The Tuskegee Airmen

Cuba Gooding Jr. in the HBO movie “The Tuskegee Airmen”

Sean Astin in "Memphis Belle" (1990)

Sean Astin in “Memphis Belle”


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A self-described ElderGoth, Trystan has been haunting the internet since the early 1990s. Always passionate about costume, from everyday office wear to outrageous twisted historical creations, she has maintained some of the earliest online costuming-focused resources on the web. Her costuming adventures are chronicled on her website, TrystanCraft. She also ran a popular fashion blog, This Is CorpGoth, dedicated to her “office drag.”

6 Responses

  1. Stephani

    And let’s not forget “Master and Commander” with a salt-encrusted Russell Crowe and scruffy Paul Bettany (he’s a spy, so he counts as a military man); loved that movie, even though it deviates from the books.

  2. Loren

    Be still my beating heart, I love all of those! There’s just something about a man in a uniform isn’t there? Here are a few of my favorites…

    Richard Gere in Yanks –

    Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine in The Duelists –

    Sean Bean (again) in Anna Karenina –

    Michael Fassbender – Inglorious Basterds –

    And Ciaran Hinds in Persuasion –


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