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What’s A Military Good For Anyway?

COL Harry G Summers

COL Harry G Summers



“We need to maintain an adequate military force in peacetime for deterrence, assurance and war fighting”

Colonel Harry Summers USA Ret.


Posted 3 years, 6 months ago at 6:58 am.

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Happy Thanksgiving…

I am thankful for the blessings I have…

  • To be born in the United States of America
  • To have a loving family
  • To have wonderful friends
  • And among them, those who have and are serving in the US military…
  • And to those among them who have adopted me as a “brother”

I am also thankful for their unselfish service, for without them standing up there would be no United States of America

Lastly I would like to thank God for all  the skills and abilities that He has endowed me with to do the work I do and I pray that He allows me to do more and do it for a long time.


PS I say a prayer also for my mother who just left this earth before we could spend a Thanksgiving together. I love you Mom!

(My mom passed on Wednesday, 20 NOVEMBER 2013 after a long bout with some health issues… she’s finally at rest!)   It has been a challenging and difficult several months.  Now I can perhaps do more for others and catch up on things.


Posted 4 years, 2 months ago at 11:58 am.

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The Last 2012 Washington DC Cherry Blossoms

Finding a parking pl;ace on the Saturday that they are holding the Cherry Blossom parade in Washington DC is a challenge.  Finally I found one on a street near the Potomac River.  From there Washington DC Cherry BlossomsI had trekked down to the Jefferson Memorial to catch the action of the All-Service Drill Team Competition, something that is a true sight to see — rifles with bayonets fixed the spinning and twirling of the nearly 11 pound weapons by these talented members of the military – the Drill teams of the services:  US Army, US Marine Corps, US Navy, US Air Force, US Coast Guard and the US Merchant Marine.

I had gotten there just as the US Marine Corps began their routine and continued to photograph until they announced the winner for 2012. With the memory card full of hundreds of photos, I walked back around the tidal basin and along the Potomac River – all lined with the cherry trees which normally at this time would still be in bloom, yet a very warm March forced them all to jump out early and now the trees were full of leaves … all except one.

As I approached where my vehicle was parked, there still loaded with blossoms was a cherry tree. An though my extensive inventory of photos from days past includes many cherry blossom photos, it was serendipitous, there was  space for one photo remaining on the memory card in the camera. So here up close and personal is “The Last Washington DC Cherry Blossoms of 2012″ 

For those who missed the spectacular display of color when the  other trees were in bloom, sorry, you’ll have to wait until 2013.


Did you see the 2012 cherry blossoms in full bloom?


Posted 5 years, 10 months ago at 12:56 pm.

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2012 Charity Hopping — TAPS

I would like to introduce you to TAPS – Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors  – An organization that helps those who remain after they lose someone serving in the military.   Whether it be the widow, the children, the parents – the whole family benefits from the work that TAPS continues to do and has done since 1994 when it was found out of tragedy.  

Since then, over 35,000 people have benefited from the offerings of TAPS services – some are available 24/7, their resources and many events complemented by regional seminars and their annual meeting held each year in the Washington, DC area on Memorial Day Weekend.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (all rights reserved)

I would encourage you to donate to TAPS in some way – either financially,  your time or making others aware of the organization and what they do.


You can also enter below to win a copy of “Images of America – Fort Myer”


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Posted 5 years, 10 months ago at 12:01 am.


The Last WW I Veteran

Another historic milestone was set in February when Mr. Frank Buckles, who served in WW I passed away at the age of 110.  He was the last WW I veteran and also was

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Posted 6 years, 11 months ago at 11:47 am.


Weekend Sale on MUGS

I often don’t do a blog entry about my products. However there’s a special promotion on MUGS this weekend it begins at 50% off for a few hours and then 20% off the rest of the weekend…

I was asked to develop one of The Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps.  The photo is from the 2009 Old Guard Calendar which I published.

Heres the link to the MUGS 

If you make it within the time window, enter in the promo code  FFHSMUGS4YOU  

If you miss the time window, MUGS are still 20% off all weekend


Posted 7 years ago at 1:54 pm.

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Products from photographs

Many of the photographs contained in the gallery have been turned into some outstanding products that make great gifts or something for yourself.

From mugs, to t-shirts to hats, tote bags, mouse pads and even custom stamps, you’re sure to find something that you’d like.


Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 2:45 pm.

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President Reagan’s reflections


Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 11:07 pm.

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Remembering our military

Saluting Soldier

 In a few days, we’ll honor our military on Veterans’s Day –

the 11th Month, the 11th Day at the 11th Hour…

 The sacrifices that they and their families have and continue to make to defend the freedoms and foundation of the United States of America.


 I am fortunate to have a fantastic group of friends and they are always giving me ideas or sending me great insights and items.  This is a special one from Larry who served in the US Marine Corps and I’d like to share it with you.    And please share it with your family and friends as a rememberance of what you have to be thankful.



Thank you for your service Larrry!

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Posted 7 years, 3 months ago at 11:56 am.


Remembering the Brave

I have a dear friend who I met when traveling for Corporate America.   He is a Marine who served in many places including South America…  He sent me this and I thought it very appropriate to share …  will you? Continue Reading…


Posted 7 years, 4 months ago at 5:30 am.