Today is Memorial Day, which is the day the US sets aside to reflect on the sacrifices of those who wore the uniform to protect their nation. Although at its heart Star Trek has been a show about exploration, it also has many elements of the military and so on this Memorial Day we reflect on Star Trek and the military.
To celebrate the fun that Star Trek brings to those who do a very serious duty, here is a list of some of the best military themed moments in Star Trek history.
Air Force Captain John Christopher visits the USS Enterprise NCC-1701
"Tomorrow is Yesterday" (TOS)
Uhura and Chekov visit the USS Enterprise CVN-65
Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Roga Danar and his fellow ‘prisoner’ soldiers
…an allegory to Vietnam Vets re-integrating into society
"The Hunted" (TNG)
US Army Air Corps Nurse Faith Garland helps Quark and family
"Little Green Men" (DS9)
Janeway resets the Nakan War Monument
…so people will never forget
Major Hayes and the MACOs join crew of Enterprise NX-01
Full military characters join the crew, they showed bravery and sacrifice
Xindi arc (ENT)
Trek and the military
Star Trek has many connections to the real military. Despite the insistence that Starfleet is not a military organization, much of the language of Star Trek is from the Navy. This is by no accident as many of those involved with Star Trek from the beginning were veterans, including Gene Roddenberry, Mark Lenard, DeForest Kelley, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Justman, Matt Jeffries, Harlan Ellison, and James Doohan.
Many of those in the military are fans of Star Trek, as shown by the close relationship between the actors of Star Trek Enterprise and the real U.S.S. Enterprise. Sailors of the Year were given walk on roles in the "First Flight" episode, and the US Navy presented an American Flag to the cast and crew, as a symbol of "gratitude for all the support and encouragement the cast, crew, and actors of Enterprise have given the Sailors of the aircraft carrier." In 1995, a U.S. Navy press release described how "Hundreds of "Star Trek" fans, along with many of the actors and film makers who brought the show to life, visited Sailors aboard USS Enterprise (CVN 65) as part of a "Star Trek" convention held Oct. 28 to 30 in Norfolk."
Star Trek videos made for the military
Scott Bakula welcomes home CVN 65 USS Enterprise
Star Trek TNG Air Force PSAs about education
The Trekmovie.com staff sends it best wishes and appreciation to the men and women who serve their nation. Fans wishing to show support for the military can visit the USO website
Of course, Memorial Day is an American Holiday so in advance we wish those men and women around the world our best wishes on Remembrance Sunday, Anzac Day, Armistice Day and all your days of remembrance.