Happy Veterans Day
by Chris Hardwick on November 11, 2011
This is a picture of my grandfather with my great, great grandfather from around 1942. My grandfather, Jim Facente, was a 1st generation Italian-American who served as a Naval medic during WWII. He would later go onto a) produce my mother, b) open a bowling center and c) provide an environment in which my professional bowling father could meet said mother. He was always one of my absolute favorite people. I idolized this man whose side-obsession with technology and gadgets inspired my nerdery from a VERY young age. He was warm and kind but also strong and decisive. He taught me to push through stuff even when you’re afraid, a trait he no-doubt honed as a soldier. Sadly, we lost him in 1995 but hardly a day goes by that he doesn’t drift into my thoughts in some way or I don’t find myself striving to make myself worthy of the legacy he left behind.
Between my time at G4 and as a podcaster, I’ve received many wonderful notes from folks serving overseas in the various armed forces about how our programming connects them to their home. Those notes always mean a lot to me especially when I try to empathize with the idea of being separated from my family in a hostile environment. So for my grandfather and the men and women who have dedicated their lives to cause bigger than themselves on behalf of our country, I throw out an immense amount of gratitude and a very sincere Happy Veterans Day.
Fun fact! Veterans Day was originally Armistice Day and was declared as such by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919, or the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month marking the armistice of WWI. In 1954, the name was changed to Veterans Day to celebrate all those who had served during military conflict.