2015 Matt Eich – “Seven Cities” Seven Cities The Seven Cities: this essay is about my home, along the coast of southeastern Virginia, our community and our economic reliance on the military industrial complex. A garden party at The Hermitage Museum in Norfolk, Virginia on October 14, 2012. Oystermen working on the James River near Smithfield, Virginia on Friday, October 16, 2009. Josh and Amanda leave for the Khaki Ball, Norfolk, Virginia, September 21, 2012. Handing out medals at the senior olympics games in Newport News, Virginia on May 16, 2013. A rally for Mitt Romney in Norfolk, Virginia on May 3, 2012. The return of the USS Enterprise after it’s 25th and final deployment on Sunday, November 4, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia. The USS Enterprise is the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier. After being inactivated it will be towed to Newport news and gutted in the same shipyard where it was built 50 years before. The funeral of Kelly Valentine, 13, at Catholic Church of St. Stephen Martyr in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday, April 26, 2011. After the service, the family buried Kelly at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home on Cedar Road. Valentine died after a tragic accident where she was hit by a car on Cedar Road while retrieving a dropped cell phone. A fire hose baptism in Newport News, Virginia on September 1, 2013. The view from my front porch during Hurricane Sandy in Norfolk, Virginia on Sunday, October 29, 2012. Youth Challenge Cadets line up at the foot of Mount Trashmore before a Suicide Prevention Walk in Virginia Beach, Virginia on September 7, 2013. These images are copyright Matt Eich and are use here by permission. They may not be used elsewhere without permission.