WWII Veterans Sign Books Of Their Stories


April 13, 2017

Some of the veterans who were honored are pictured: Front row from left: Faye Edney of Hendersonville, wife of the late Vernon Edney, U.S. Army, O.E. Starnes Jr., of Asheville; Elizabeth Tilston of Brevard, British Army; Ray Pegram of Spindale, U.S. Army Air Corps; William Siniard of Brevard, U.S. Navy. Second row from left (members of Transylvania Honor Guard): Lewis Powell, Johnny Martinez, Joe Smith, Joe Parker, and Gus Constantine.

Nine veterans of World War II and one widow of a veteran gathered in the library's Rogow Room and signed books containing the veterans' stories in their own words last week. The veterans were escorted and honored by the Transylvania Honor Guard.

WWII veteran Rufus "Pooch" Pace (back to camera) inscribes a book for Honor Guard member Mike Geremia.

The book, "World War II Veterans Of Western North Carolina, Their Stories In Their Own Words," by Brevard resident Janis Allen, is an honor project of the Western North Carolina Military History Museum.

Selling for $10 at the museum, Highland Books, and on Amazon, $6.62 for each book sold goes to the museum. The money supports the museum's educational programs in Transylvania schools. This money also helps to maintain and add to the historical displays which honor our veterans and teach the history of how local veterans have preserved our freedom.

The military history exhibit is in the Transyl-vania Heritage Museum at 189 West Main St. in Brevard Wednesday - Fri-day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through May 27.


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