This is a year for monumental anniversaries of events in American history—particularly the WWII 75th anniversaries of the D-Day invasion, Operation Market Garden, and the Battle of the Bulge. With those in mind, I started a project in April photographing WWII veterans, knowing that the numbers still surviving are dropping rapidly each day.
So frequently within society, whether by conscious decision or not, we tend to look upon wounded veterans with pity, if for no other reason than to satiate our on insecurities. But many of them simply want to retain their dignity and show the world that they are still powerful, viable humans beings and that not even the voice of death can stop them.
That is exactly what Los Angeles-based photographer Michael Stokes set out to do when he conceived the idea for Always Loyal. The image series and upcoming photo book is a rather unique way of paying tribute you to those who have literally given of themselves in the defense of others.
(Warning: Potentially-offensive images after the jump.)