When most people hear the name Fort Myer, they don't think Virginia, but a place much further south in the United States. The other location is an attractive place for tourism and nearby beaches with palm trees on the Gulf of Mexico. This other location WAS an US Army Fort built in 1850 as a military fort in response to Seminole Indians that were in conflict with the area's few settlers. So the confusion continues... perhaps once people begin reading the book "Images of America - Fort Myer" they'll get a better understanding that Fort Myer is in Virginia (first named Fort Whipple during the US Civil War) and is home to the US Army Band - "Pershing's Own", the US Army's 3d Infantry Regiment - "The Old Guard". The fort is located right next to Arlington National Cemetery. It was named after General Albert J. Myer, the US Army's first Signal Officer, the inventor of the wig-wag signaling method (the insignia of the US Army Signal Corps are a pair of crossed Wig-Wag Flags), who also started the National Weather Service. Today, Fort Myer, Virginia with over a century of service to the United States of America is as an outstanding US Army Post, defending the Nation's Capital - Washington, DC with origins during the US Civil War. Many more events and people who were stationed there have had major influences on the United States and the world. Please sign up for more- info, history and announcements ... see the form on this page. You can also buy the book, "Images of America - Fort Myer"
In a few months, a new book will be published that will be a ground-breaking first and a historic milestone. The historic US Army Post - Fort Myer will finally have a book that will herald some of the first one hundred years of its history in word and historic photographs. The effort has been built on a foundation of a decade of walking among and working with some of the finest people - the US military. With two years in research and writing, it will result in a tribute to those who have and are currently creating history on Fort Myer. To all of them and all the others who are serving in the US military, I say: "Thank you for your service and keep on doing what you're doing, 'cause if you're not, we, the American people, can't be doing what we do every day." The book is available for pre-order either directly from the author (an autographed copy) or from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Borders.
Title: Arlington Reads - Images of America - Fort Myer Virginia Location: Arlington Central Library - Arlington VA Description: John Michael will discuss his new book about this unique US Army Post which has its origins in the US Civil War - The book is from Arcadia Publishing and provides a comprehensive view in historical photographs from the 1860s to 1960s. 1015 N Quincy Street Arlington Virginia Start Time: 19:00 Date: 2011-03-24