Photography by John Michael

"Preserving the memories so others will remember"™

2007 – the year in review..

From a personal standpoint, it has been a very chaotic, but productive year for me. Despite the “move” from my apartment remodeling, I’ve captured another 10,000-plus photos, attended and preserved the memories of over a dozen final honors at Arlington National Cemetery; extended the line of heraldry cards to encompass many other US Army divisions, regiments and even added the US Coast Guard with a surprise present I gave to a friend for Christmas.

My website still languishes with many critical that I should make it easier to navigate and buy things from … all I can say … “I’m working on it…”

The thanks I’ve received from the families who have received the ANC Memorial Book of their loved one’s final honors has been overly gratifying. I reflected back to 2005 when I took over the full production of what has become as one of my advisors has said “an art form

Since June, I have been following and researching the Presidential Salute Battery of the 3d Infantry Regiment, one of the elite platoons in this … “The Old Guard”

In my ever on-going mission to learn as much as I can about the history, the impact and significance of the military, I’ve constantly scoured the Internet and read the accounts of different units and the heroes in them. In 2005, I photographed the final honors of a Major General – a “two star” and it was only recently I realized how his career crossed many paths and avenues I’ve recently explored.

Many of you reading this don’t know what a coastal artillery fort is, but they lined the US Coasts built by the US Army to defend America long ago. Although there were 200 of them planned, because of the outbreak of the Civil Way, only 30 were constructed. Many of them still serve in manners that honor their past. For instance … look at the base of the Statue of Liberty … it’s a coastal artillery fort.

Other notable ones are – Fort Sumter, Charleston South Carolina, Fort McHenry in the Baltimore Harbor, Fortress Monroe – Hampton Virginia (engineered by Robert E. Lee – but I was informed by a Civil War re-enactor “that was not my first work!”) Fort Pulaski, near Savannah Georgia (that was his first work! Made from red brick, it still has some of the indentations where the cannonballs hit during the Civil War. The Southeast corner where the wall was breached by Union rifled-cannon has been replaced/repaired- see below. Robert E. Lee also supervised the construction of Fort Carroll in Maryland) .


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