Two hundred years ago on November 11, 1820, Joseph Burnett, the future founder of St. Mark's School, was born in Southborough, Massachusetts. Almost a century later, at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, 1918, the First World War came to an end. Originally Armistice Day, November 11 is now recognized as Veterans Day, while at St. Mark's November 11 has been celebrated for 150 years as Founder's Day.
This past week, St. Mark's honored both Veterans Day and Founders Day. On Wednesday, November 11, during the weekly virtual all-school meeting, Head of School John C. Warren '74 introduced history department chair Rob Calagione '04, who spoke about the historical roots of Veterans day, and then played video showing the flags on Belmont Field being lowered to half-mast and then raised again in honor of all veterans, while trumpeter Nick Haugen '21 played taps.
The previous morning, at the School's regular virtual Chapel service, alumnus and school historian Nick Noble '76 gave a presentation on the life and legacy of Joseph Burnett for the Founder's 200th birthday, accompanied by a slide show and readings by current St. Mark's students. Veterans Day was also recognized in the presentation.