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World War II - The Home Front

Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016 7:00 pm
Michael Eckers has studied American military history for more than 40 years and on Tuesday, October 18, 7:00 p.m. the author and historian will share “World War II – The Home Front” at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, 201 N. Mulberry Street as part of his five-state fall tour.
His service in the US Navy at the end of Vietnam created a desire to honor those who have sacrificed for our freedoms.  A decade ago, while working as a rural postmaster, he responded to an invitation to speak on the Civil War to a group of students at a local school.  The rest, as he says, “is history”.

Combining his public speaking with writing, Eckers weaves story upon story from the very pages of our nation’s past.  His interest in the War Between the States has led him to publish three books on this chapter of the American saga.  His first novel, “Northern Colors”, released in 2009 was followed in 2010 by a historical non-fiction work, “The Boys of Wasioja”  and “Wisconsin Iron”, a deeply personal novel of duty and dedication.   Released in October of 2011, “Colors in the Air”, a World War II novel featured the story of a young Bombardier in the 8th Air Force and his bride back in Minnesota.

Amusing anecdotes gathered from a 30-year career in the postal service—from letter carrier to retiring as postmaster--in a small Midwestern town are found in “Losing Your Zip.” The book provides a lighthearted look at what goes on behind the doors (and the counter) at a rural post office.
His most recent work on World War I, “Colors in the Earth,” tells the story of another generation of the Weldon family and their timeless contributions to the security of our freedom today.  Journey with the first Doughboys as they go "Over There" to France and combat against the armies of Kaiser Wilhelm.
The multimedia program is free and open to the public of all ages. Books will be available for purchase and autograph prior to and after the program. Refreshments will be served.
For information, call the main library at 740-392-2665 Ext. 243, visit www.knox.net or email [email protected].