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During the years 2004-2009, my work often took me to Camp Lejeune, a large Marine base on the North Carolina Coast.
During these visits I noticed many homemade banners hanging on a fence along the public highway passing the main gate.
Many of these banners, made to welcome returning Marines back from combat duty, were so striking and touching that I began taking pictures of some of them.
These banners are a particularly well-developed custom at this base. I saw them as a kind of "folk art" showing the persistence of life and love in wartime, among the families who carry a special piece of the burden of combat.
The banners were also very ephemeral: most hung there til wind and weather brought them down. These photographs are likely their only record.


About the Author

Chuck Fager
chuckfager Fayetteville North Carolina USA

Published numerous books, both fiction and non-fiction.

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This is my first book of photographs.

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