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Veterans Day

Greetings, National Forget-Me-Not Day on November 10th reminds Americans of the sacrifices returning soldiers have made of body, blood, and limb. Created in 1921, National Forget-Me-Not Day originally raised funds to provide services for injured soldiers returning home. At the time, the existing hospitals were insufficient to support the number of returning disabled veterans.

Judge Robert S. Marx called on the nation to establish a day reminding the country of their veteran’s sacrifices. The day also recognized the needs of disabled soldiers, creating a fundraising platform as a way to provide the necessary services wounded veterans needed. The day was called Forget-Me-Not Day and funds were raised by selling forget-me-nots. The first published occurrence of this day was on December 17, 1921.

Injured on November 10, 1918, Marx served during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He returned to the United States to heal from his injuries soon afterward. Since he practiced law before entering the military, Marx took up his practice once more. Soon, Marx was elected judge. Before long, his interest in veterans’ affairs became apparent. From fundraising to speeches, Marx made the rounds. When In 1920, the Disabled American Veterans of the World War (DAVWW) was founded, Judge Marx became the first leader of the organization. The DAVWW held their first National Caucus on September 25, 1920. Through the DAVWW in 1922 the first official Forget-Me-Not Day fundraising campaign launched on November 11th.

Throughout the 1920s, the organization selected several days in November to observe National Forget-Me-Not Day, including November 11th. However, the day is now well established as Veteran’s Day or Armistice Day. Another well-known Forget-Me-Not Day is September 26th. Also known as Argonne Day in honor of the decisive battle through the Meuse-Argonne Forest.

Today, the organization that founded National Forget-Me-Not Day is named the Disabled American Veterans, supporting all disabled veterans.

FGCU Academy thanks all of the people who served our country to protect us from harm and we wish you and your families health and happiness. You are the real heroes. For those that did not come back – we wish your families peace and health. Thank you.

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Medieval Warfare – Vikings and Normans
@ The Arlington – November 11 | 2:30 – 4 p.m.

“Vikings” is the name given to seafaring warriors from the area of modern Scandinavia who raided, invaded, and ultimately dominated various parts of Europe during the period spanning from roughly 790 CE to 1070 CE. They feature prominently in today’s popular media, and this lecture will offer a historically accurate description of their tactics, strategies, favored weapons, armor, and sociopolitical/cultural importance, in the process debunking common misconceptions while discussing interesting topics such as the possible existence of women warriors and the ferocious Berserkers. We will also briefly survey the Vikings’ northern French descendants, the Normans, who had an outsized impact on European history through their conquest of England, establishment of Mediterranean kingdoms, and crucial role in the First Crusade.

Current U.S. Strategic Challenges: The Global Economy
@ Bentley Village – November 14 | 1:30 – 3 p.m.

Join a 40-year national security affairs analyst as he examines the global economy, focusing on the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on global supply chains; the economic dimensions of Russian aggression, the Middle East and China; the battle to curb global inflation; the state of the fight against global warming; and prospects for a new global economic and financial order replacing the current system based on the U.S. Dollar.

Artemis: Return to The Moon by 2025
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – November 15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

NASA’s Artemis Program plans a return to the moon and beyond before the end of 2025 and will include a woman in the crew who would become the first woman to walk on the moon. We discuss NASA’s plans for the Artemis Program. NASA has issued a contract to SpaceX to develop the Human Landing System to be used on Artemis. The long-term plan is to build a base on the moon from which to launch explorations to other planetary bodies. The initial Artemis I un-crewed launch is scheduled for February 2022. Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his work saving the astronauts of the Apollo 13 crew, Ed Grace will share with us an inside view of the Artemis program and how it differs from the Apollo Program.

A Different Look at Florida
@ Commons Club at The Brooks – November 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Florida is a world unto itself. Join us as we go from the glamour and excitement of Miami Beach thru the primitive Everglades and follow the beautiful beaches of the Gulf Coast all the way north and west to the Panhandle. We will then head inland, where most visitors, and many locals never venture, to visit the many unique agricultural sites that make Florida famous such as sugar plantations, orange groves, orchid greenhouses and many other very interesting places.

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The FGCU Academy 2023 Travel Open Houses
@ Online Webinar – November 16 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Pre-registration is required. Join us as we formally unveil our 2023 travel excursions to Insider’s Japan, Untamed Alaska, Legendary Turkey, Across Spain & Portugal, Pearls of Dalmatia, Sicily in Depth, Israel: Timeless Wonders. Seven exciting and luxurious tours are planned for our upcoming travel season starting in May 2023, and we invite you to learn about them all. Through unique and interesting itineraries, participants have the opportunity to experience life outside the classroom, visit historic sites with local guides, experience another culture – its customs, cuisine, language and history – and delight in conversation and laughter with fellow explorers who share a love of travel and a sense of adventure.

Instructor: John Guerra

iPhone/iPad Camera App
@ Naples Center / Online via Zoom – November 15 | 10 – 11:30 a.m.

iPhones/iPads have multiple cameras for taking still photographs, wide angle, portraits, panoramas as well as regular, time-lapse and slo-mo videos. Change your focus and exposure, take live photos, mirrored selfies, and night mode photographs. We will also learn how to transfer photos from your digital camera to your iPhone/iPad and much more.

LOOKING AHEAD – see what’s coming

• The Evolving Middle East
• Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth
• Fabulous France: 2000 Years in Provence
• Codebreaking During World War II
• The Geopolitics of Iran
• Ten Decades of Popular Music
• Cities at the Center of the Ancient Greek World
• Paleo, Keto, I Don’t Know

2023 Travel

Join us ONLINE at one of our very exciting and informative FREE open houses
You must pre-register


November 16 at 10 – 11:30am, Wednesday

December 5 at 2 – 3:30pm, Monday

Travel The World With FGCU Academy
Travel is not reward for working, it’s education for living

INSIDER’S JAPAN – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
May 20 – June 1, 2023 | 13 days
It’s a land of delicate art and bustling commerce, of rich traditions and dizzying modernity; a jumble of sights, sounds, and tastes that for visitors are truly foreign – and truly fascinating. This well-crafted tour features the highlights of Tokyo and Kyoto, engages us in local life, and takes us off the beaten path to the lovely historic cities of Takayama and Kanazawa.

UNTAMED ALASKA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
August 20 – 30, 2023 | 11 days
Awe-inspiring natural beauty and outdoor adventure await as we explore Alaska’s varied landscapes and noteworthy cities. From Denali, Wrangell-St. Elias, and Kenai Fjords national parks to the energy of Anchorage and scenic Seward, our small group encounters the breadth and beauty of America’s Last Frontier.

LEGENDARY TURKEY – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 1 – 15, 2023 | 15 days
Exotic sights, scents, and sounds reign in this fascinating land where Europe and Asia meet. From Istanbul, magnificent “Empress of the World,” to ancient ruins, stunning landscapes, and the dramatic – and legendary – Turquoise Coast, Turkey engages and beguiles, offering us an unparalleled small group experience.

ACROSS SPAIN & PORTUGAL – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 10 – 26, 2023 | 17 days
Fortified cities and tiny fishing villages, rugged Atlantic coastline and commanding Pyrenees peaks, iconic shrines to both religion and fine art, and intimate lodgings in historic paradores and pousadas – it all awaits on this singular small group journey from Lisbon across the north of Spain, ending in vibrant Barcelona.

PEARLS OF DALMATIA – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 14 – 28, 2023 | 15 days
Independent, democratic Croatia welcomes visitors eager to absorb its remarkable history and culture – and its beautiful and unspoiled Dalmatian coastline. As our small group travels from historic Zagreb and beautiful Lake Bled to the Habsburg resort of Opatija, the island of Hvar, and beloved Dubrovnik, we see why this cherished region lays such a claim on the hearts of all who visit.

SICILY IN DEPTH – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
September 28 – October 9, 2023 | 12 days
Crossroads of the Mediterranean … the “toe” in Italy’s boot … “God’s Kitchen” … Sicily is all this, and much more, as we see on our stellar small group journey around this Italian island. It’s lively cities and ancient ruins, temples of man – and of nature, hospitable people and delectable cuisine … a feast for all the senses.

ISRAEL: TIMELESS WONDERS – View Full Itinerary/Travel Brochure
October 14 – 25, 2023 | 12 days
Encounter a land of extraordinary beauty and belief, of spirit and story, history and hospitality. From modern Tel Aviv to scen¬ic Upper Galilee, ancient Tiberias and storied Nazareth to Jerusalem, “City of Gold,” we engage all our senses in a small group encounter with this extraordinary and holy land, with a five-night stay in Jerusalem at the legendary King David hotel.

Support FGCU Academy | Make a Memorable Gift Now

The Academy’s program fees only cover a fraction of its operating costs. The Academy relies on the purchase of memberships and donations to carry us the rest of the way. Without your support, this vital community lifelong learning and outreach program would not be possible. Thank you for your generosity.

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