Formal military dinners are a tradition in all branches of the United States Armed services. In the Air Force and Navy, it is the dining in; in the Army, the regimental dinner; in the Marine Corps and Coast Guard, mess night. The dining in and dining out represent the most formal aspects of military social life. The dining in is a military tradition that has its roots in the shadows of antiquity.
The dining in is occasion for military members to meet socially at a formal military function. While the dining in is strictly for military members of the unit, the dining out includes guests and civilians. The dining in and dining out ceremonies enhance the esprit of units, lightens the load of demanding day-to-day work, gives the commander an opportunity to meet socially with subordinates, and enables military members of all ranks to create bonds of friendship and better working relations through an atmosphere of fellowship.
While military members and veterans of the Jewish community here in Kemp Mill don’t serve in the same units or even the same branches of the US military, we are members of a larger community. Our Jewish veterans share a lifestyle that offers unique challenges and rewards. Let’s take this time to honor the service of those who came before us and for those who are still serving.