Military Holidays

The U.S. Air Force turns 71!

air force logo 2On September 18, 1947, a new branch of the United States military was founded. 40 years before, the U.S. Army Signal Corps created a division called the Aeronautical Division. This division that was to be put in “charge of all matters pertaining to military ballooning, air machines and all kindred subjects” (Lindsay, The Water’s Edge). This division later became the Army Air Forces in 1942 and grew substantially throughout and after World War II. President Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947, which authorized the creation of the U.S. Air Force. To that end, the USAF began operating as an official separate service on September 18, 1947.

Did you know…
…that “The VMI Air Force ROTC pilot/combat systems officer selection rate is consistently at or near 100 percent. VMI’s Department of Aerospace Studies is a unit of the United States Air Force. Cadets who successfully complete the Air Force ROTC program earn commissions as second lieutenants in the U.S. Air Force upon graduation from VMI” (excerpted from VMI’s Air Force ROTC Site).

Photo credit: VMI Air Force ROTC Site

Military Holidays

September 11th is Patriot Day

Patriot Day commemorates the lost lives and sacrifices of countless victims, volunteers and service people on September 11, 2001, and in the weeks and months that followed. On this day, the American flag is flown half-staff at the White House and on all U.S. government buildings throughout the world. Many organizations and establishments observe a moment of silence at 8:46 AM, the time the first plane hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.



Welcome, Board of Visitors!

Board of Visitors, 1972. VMI Digital Archives.

Preston Library would like to extend a very warm welcome to VMI’s Board of Visitors, who will be visiting and meeting on Post September 10-12, 2018.

“The Board of Visitors is the supervisory board of Virginia Military Institute. The Board defines the mission of the Institute as a public institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and oversees the development, revision, and implementation of a strategic plan for the accomplishment of that mission” (excerpted from Board of Visitors Bylaws, Section 3, paragraph 1).

Did you know…that 12 of the 16 Board of Visitors members must be VMI alumni? and that the remaining 4 non-alumni must be Commonwealth residents? To find out more about the Board of Visitors and how they serve the VMI community, check out their page on VMI’s website.


Fall 2018 Academic Convocation

VMI’s Academic Convocation is today, September 5th, during Dean’s Hour from 11:05-12:15 in Cameron Hall.

© 2014 Larry D. Moore

This year’s convocation speaker is Mr. Jon Meacham, Presidential Historian and author, who released a book in May of 2018 titled The Soul of America: the Battle for our Better Angels. You can find this book and others written by Mr. Meacham in the Preston Library!




Military Holidays

What is Labor Day?


September 3, 2018, is Labor Day and Preston Library is OPEN during regular semester hours!

“Labor Day…is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” (excerpted from the U.S. Dept. of Labor website)

Quick facts: Labor Day is always observed on the first Monday of September, and New York City was the first to celebrate this holiday on September 5, 1882.

Military Holidays

Happy Birthday, USMC Forces Reserve

Marine_Forces_Reserve_insignia_(transparent_background)Wednesday, August 29th, is the United States Marine Corps Forces Reserve Birthday!

Founded in 1916, the USMC Forces Reserve has grown to nearly 40,000 active-duty and inactive Marines and Sailors.

“The mission of Marine Forces Reserve (MARFORRES) is to augment and reinforce active Marine forces in time of war, national emergency or contingency operations, provide personnel and operational tempo relief for the active forces in peacetime, and provide service to the community.” (excerpted from the Official Website of the Marine Corps Forces Reserve)



Preston Library Hours for Fall 2018

1907_Library_Building_interior_showing_Reading_Room_ca_1930Beginning Tuesday, August 28th, Preston Library’s hours will be as follows for the Fall 2018 semester:

Monday-Thursday : 0800-0100*
Friday : 0800-2200
Saturday : 0800-2200**
Sunday : 1000-0100*

A Librarian will be available for research & reference assistance in the evenings Monday through Thursday until 2200 (in addition to our regular daytime hours above).

*You must use your VMI ID card to get into the Library after 2200. Access only granted to current VMI cadets, faculty, and staff.
**On days where there is a home football game, Preston Library will be closed from 1300-1900.

Photo credit: 1907 Library Building interior, showing Reading Room, ca. 1930. Check out this photo and more on the VMI Archives Digital Collections website!