I recently had the honor of spending time with Phil and Lisa Taylor, founders of the American Fallen Soldiers Project. They’ve recently opened their national gallery so Americans can pay their respects, and celebrate the lives of fallen military members. The gallery is beautifully executed, elegant but not pretentious. The task that Phil, Lisa, their team, board members and supporters have taken on is immense: to capture the essence of the fallen military person on canvas for their families. It’s not a portrait painting in the traditional sense, but much more the life and energy of the person represented on canvas. I’ve personally witnessed Gold Star family members hugging and squeezing those canvases until I thought the the frames would break – the portraits are that powerful. Bolton Maxim #4 is this: “The strongest people do the hardest work.” The American Fallen Soldiers Project folks are the embodiment of that expression. I’m deeply grateful that the Taylors, and the many people involved with them, are tough, strong, principled, and dedicated to the Gold Star families they faithfully serve. They are a not for profit, worthy of your support, and operate with integrity. Go to the website to donate and get involved, and visit the gallery in Dallas, Texas when you can… you’ll be refreshed and better for the experience.