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This amazing video was done by a small production compnay in the UK called Myrtle Productions. The song is entitle Coming Home and is sung by The Soldiers. The amazing art is done by Michael G Reagan founder of the Fallen Heroes Project. I have blogged many times about Micheal’s work. For those who are not familiar, Michael is a world renowned portrait artist who now draws almost exclusively portraits of Fallen Heroes who have died in the fight against terrorism. He presents these portraits as a gift to the families free of charge. He’s been getting a lot of recent media coverage in the United Kingdom because not all the Fallen Heroes are from the US. I urge you to follow the link to the Fallen Heroes Project site and donate generously. Read the remainder of this entry »
After the last few posts, I think it’s time I throw a little love your way.
I’ve written about world renowned portrait artist Michael G. Reagan and the Fallen Heroes Project several times. Micheal is an artist from Washington State who has committed himself to hand drawing the portrait of every soldier who has died in this fight against terrorism. This not only includes American soldiers, but those soldiers of our allies as well.
And every portrait, over 2000 now, requested by the Fallen Heroes family is done free of charge. It’s a gift from Michael to them. You can help defer these costs at the Fallen Heroes Project site.
Arlington National Cemetery is displaying all seven of posters in Section 60. See below.
Here is is a recent article from the BBC News (if you have problems viewing this audio slide show on MsSparky.com click HERE)
Audio slideshow: Portraits of the fallen
Distinctive portraits of British, US and Canadian service personnel killed in Iraq and Afghanistan – created by artist Michael Reagan – have gone on display at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington DC.
A Vietnam War veteran himself, he has produced more than 2,000 drawings for the soldiers’ families free of charge. He told BBC Radio 4’s PM programme he wants to document all of the Allied troops killed in action.
Micheal is going to be in my neck of the woods soon. I will have the distinct pleasure of meeting him in person and am looking forward to hearing him speak.
When I unwrapped the drawing of Ryan and laid eyes on him, I instantly knew that you had captured him and brought him to life. I looked into his eyes and I felt him looking back at me. When I saw his slight smile, I could actually hear him laugh, as if he was getting ready to say something.
My heart aches for Ryan and how he died. In the midst of searching for answers, you have brought me peace. I’ve had to learn to slow down and appreciate the gifts that God places in front of me. The drawing you created of Ryan is a very special gift that I will cherish forever.
“The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose of life is to give it away”. This is my favorite quote by Joy J. Golliver.
You are, without a doubt, a person that has “found your gift”! And I can’t thank you enough for “giving your gift away”. You give your gift to complete strangers to provide comfort. It does that and so much more, it is a life long treasure that will be handed down from generation to generation.
I’m not sure I can express myself so that you can fully understand the depth of my gratitude. Thank you Michael. Thank you for finding your gift and thank you for giving it away. May faith fill your heart, and may God’s love surround you today and always.
Thank you for blessing me!
(letter and photo courtesy of Cheryl Harris and Michael G. Reagan)
The “Michael” Cheryl speaks so fondly of is Michael G. Reagan, Artist and founder of The Fallen Heroes Project.
Michael G. Reagan is an internationally-recognized portrait artist who has assisted charities such as the Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center raise over $10 million through his drawn and donated autographed celebrity portraits. As a portrait artist for more than 30 years, Reagan has drawn approximately 10,000 portraits including over 1500 portraits of celebrities, professional athletes, U.S. presidents and other heads of state.
But, Michael calls The Fallen Heroes Project “the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. This project reached into my chest and touched a part of my heart that I really didn’t think existed”.
“Our mission is to honor the American Fallen Heroes for their ultimate sacrifice during the war against terrorism. The foundation will provide the resources to produce and distribute to each family a hand-drawn portrait of their Fallen Hero, created by artist Michael G. Reagan, free of charge. Each portrait is intended to show our Love and Respect for these Heroes and their families.”
To date Michael has created over 1900 portraits of Fallen Heroes for grieving families. If you have a Fallen Hero and would like a portrait contact Michael by clicking HERE. If you would like to see portraits that Michael has completed and read letters from receiving families click HERE.
Shipping, art supplies and packaging are all costly out of pocket expenses for Michael. I ask you to make a generous tax deductible personal or corporate donation while visiting The Fallen Heroes Project website. Click HERE for previous post on The Fallen Heroes Project.
Thank you Michael
War….started by few and fought by many. If there is anything good to come from war, it’s the reaffirmation in the goodness of mankind. That may sound like some kind of crazy contradiction, but from beneath the smoldering rubble of broken hearts drowning in the tears of lost loved ones, there are some who are compelled to rise up and honor those who have paid the ultimate price for our freedom. I want to tell you about one such person, portrait artist Michael G. Reagan founder of FallenHeroesProject.org.
A project Michael has called “the most important thing I’ve ever done in my life. This project reached into my chest and touched a part of my heart that I really didn’t think existed”.
Michael G. Reagan is a world renowned portrait artist from Edmonds, Washington. He has created over 11,0000 portraits, more than 1500 for celebrities, professional athletes, US Presidents and other Heads of State. But more importantly, he has created over 1700 portraits of US Soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. (Click HERE to view some portraits)
Michael has committed to drawing the portrait of every US Soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. This is his gift to the families and is given free of charge. Michael draws two portraits per day. Learning and caring about each soldier as he does so. He truly believes the soldier is with him. Helping him to get it just right. At the current number of 4284 Fallen Heroes and if not one more Soldier dies, and at the rate of two portraits per day and subtracting the 1700 already completed, Michael will have to draw every day for next 3 1/2 years.
If you ever wondered if one person can make a difference, just asked the thousands of family members of Fallen Soldiers who have received the selfless gift of love from Michael. Before I get to the video links, I would like to implore you to donate any amount to the project to pay for shipping and art supplies. Please give for Mother’s Day so that every Gold Star Mom may receive this gift. Click HERE to donate. A little corporate Karma might be in order here.
This first video clip is from a February 2007 Seattle Rotary Meeting. It is 25 unedited compelling minutes of Michael talking about his experience with the Fallen Heroes Project. Click HERE to watch and change your life forever. (get a tissue)
Click HERE to watch an amazingly powerful 3 minute MSNBC clip from September 2006.
If you have a portrait of your Fallen Hero from Michael that you would like to share, please send a photo and I will share it with my readers. If you can, tell us how it has impacted your life.
If you have a Fallen Hero and want to request a portrait click HERE.
I have been trying to write this post about Michael for quite some time. But sometimes I get “stuck” in the fighting and the anger that is DoD corporate fraud affecting our troops and civilians in the Middle East. You can’t write about Michael G. Reagan while you are stuck in “anger”. Thanks Michael for helping me get “unstuck” if only for a moment.