Admittedly probably not the right forum for this, but perhaps the best available. This was a long time in the making, I've had the idea for a year or so but finally put something together. Truth be told my time as a lower enlisted solider wasn't all glamour and smiles (Is it for anyone?), and by the time my first PCS and eventually ETS came around I refused to be part of the plaque fund and thus was never given one of my own. As time goes on, the bad memories leak away while the good remain and you begin to seek memento's and heirlooms from the past. The plaques they were giving out were quit honestly pretty basic and not too appealing, so I decided to take a more modern artistic approach when I built my own.
The base is a 16x20 imagine that I took in the middle of the night on our COP, I had a company die infuse the photo onto metal. For those not familiar, metal photo prints are really amazing and bring a whole new dimension to wall art. The next two photos are again on metal, and mounted about a 1/2" off the base image to give the whole piece some depth.
Next, I took my IR flag, ISAF, and unit patch that I wore every day ( I made sure to keep these) and mounted them on the base along with other patches and badges. I had originally thought about gluing these on, but ended up using velcro. I'm pleasantly surprised how the velcro turned out. It raises each piece off the base adding to the depth, and will allow me to remove everything if I need to in the future. My goal was to then cover the front with a plastic or glass face, but now that I have it on my wall as it sits, I actually like having it open. The patches may get dusty as time goes on, but with them only being velcro'd on I can easily remove for cleaning.
Hopefully this is neat enough to share!
P.S. If any of you have higher quality photo's and patches I could easily put more of these together if anyone is interested.