Project Vigil

Memorial Day 2020

Memorial day is a day to remember and honor the men and women of the United States Armed Forces who, since April 19th, 1775, have given their lives in the service of our country.

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Since Project Vigil's inception in 2013, we have taken literally thousands of pictures. These pictures have . . .

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May 25, 2020

WWII Airborne Demonstration Team

A beautiful tribute and a noble cause

The WWII Airborne Demonstration Team is an organization that states its mission as being: "Remember, Honor, Serve" our WWII Veterans and those who have followed in their footsteps. Their vision is to keep the stories of our WWII Veterans alive to inspire a new generation. I recently came upon this organization when one of its . . .

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February 10, 2020

The Christmas Truce

December 24th, 1914

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Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht
Alles schläft; einsam wacht
Nur das traute hochheilige Paar.
Holder Knabe im lockigen Haar,
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Schlaf in himmlischer Ruh!
Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht,
Hirten erst kundgemacht
Durch der Engel Halleluja,
Tönt . . .

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December 24, 2019

Veterans Day 2019

The soldiers I've met along the way

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August 2nd, 2017, Fort Campbell, KY.

As Project Vigil reaches its 5th Anniversary, and this being Veterans Day weekend, I decided to dedicate a blog post to the active duty soldiers and veterans whom I've had the honor of meeting over the past few years. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all members of the US . . .

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November 10, 2019

Abraham Goldstein


Today, I am publishing this post in memory of Abraham Goldstein of Allentown, Pennsylvania. This is my post to him on the 75th anniversary of his death in the historic Battle of Saint-Lô.


Born: Allentown, Pennsylvania, 1907
H&W: 5’8” 185 lbs.
S/N: 33833739
Conscripted: November 15, 1943
. . .

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July 17, 2019

Taps and the American Bugler Crisis

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Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley

The other day I received an e-mail from a Project Vigil follower. The e-mail brought to my attention a problem in America that needs to be addressed immediately. For that reason, I've decided to dedicate a blog post to it.

What is Taps?

In . . .

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July 13, 2019

Experiences in the Cemetery

One Man's Search for Closure

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June 2nd, 2018, telling the life story of Stanley Stockins. You never know who's standing just a few feet away from you.


For those of you who do not know what I do, every year I travel to Normandy where, at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial, I stand vigil at the grave sites of three . . .

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April 24, 2019