That old cliché which says a picture is worth a thousand words could not be more true in this instance. Hundreds of books have been written and thousands more will be written on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan but nothing brings a flood of memories quite like a photograph. Each new one we receive becomes a new piece to the mural that is this project, bringing with it a new perspective on a reality we that have been to war all share. This HD world we all live in perhaps is what makes the recent conflicts so different. No longer is the battlefield we shared a distant memory only to re-emerge upon the closing of our tired eyes, technology awakens these moments simply by the power switch to our cameras or the window inside our laptops. Not to say that we are the first to document war via film, we have since the Civil War. However, these are
the first conflicts captured in the digital age, and each of us can prepare a personal historical record without the work of a film crew.
As we gear up for this expedition in just over a week, I will reflect on why we are doing this, what makes this project different and the purpose of it all. I will take SSG Q’s advice and do my best to carry the memories of the men and women who shared this momentous time in all of our personal histories. Though each of our experiences differ as each of us does from one another, we all share a common thread that held us together, a loyalty not to politics, creed, race or religion. A loyalty to one another, to watch out for and protect the one on your right and the one on your left. This book is a historical record of the events that we all shared, the moments our families were unaware of and the memories of those we lost, but most of all, it is a record of the brotherhood of US.