Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Marine Staff Sgt. Andrew Robinson, seriously injured on his second tour of duty in Iraq,  looks out onto the patio at his new home in Florence, New Jersey, built from the ground up to be fully wheelchair accessible entirely by volunteers from a group called Homes For Our Troops. Thank you for your service.

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Four photographs, made one in each of the four seasons of 2008, of the Mercer Oak on the grounds of the Princeton Battlefield. "The (original) Mercer Oak was named after Hugh Mercer, a brigadier general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. During the Battle of Princeton, Mercer was stabbed by an English soldier's bayonet. According to legend, he was unwilling to abandon his troops, and rested on the tree's trunk while they stood their ground. After the battle, Mercer was taken to the Clarke House where he died from his injuries nine days later. On March 3, 2000, a wind storm felled the oak's last four branches.  In May 2000, an 8-foot sapling grown from a Mercer Oak acorn was planted inside the stump of the former tree." (wikipedia). January 3rd, 2009 is the 232nd anniversary of the Battle of Princeton, fought on January 3rd, 1777.