Veterans to take part in downtown Fort Wayne book signing, public meet and greet on Saturday

Local author Kayleen Reusser will hold a book signing and meet and greet open to the public on Saturday at the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library. (Courtesy photo)
The front and back covers of Kayleen Reusser's new book profiling World War II veterans features photos taken by the vets themselves. (Courtesy art)

For years, local author Kayleen Reusser has put a voice to those who sacrificed and served this country in the greatest conflict in the history of mankind.

This weekend, the public will be able to put faces to those voices.

As part of a signing for Reusser’s latest book “They Did it for Honor” at the downtown branch of the Allen County Public Library, about a dozen of the 34 veterans profiled in the book will be in attendance. The public is encouraged to attend to meet these heroes and thank them for their service.

The event is scheduled for Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. in Meeting Room C.

“I am very excited about it and (the veterans) are too in talking with them this week,” Reusser said.

The book is the second in Reusser’s World War II legacies series that tells the stories of local veterans that served in various branches of the military during the war. Each veteran’s story is told over three pages in the book.

“I feel like it’s going to be very educational for one thing, but also very emotional and patriotic,” said Reusser, who writes a periodic feature for news-sentinel.com on veterans and their experiences.

Reusser’s book series is one of several initiatives over the years to recognize the men and women who took part in America’s war on the Axis powers. She also credits Honor Flight for putting the onus on making sure veterans are celebrated for their service.

Copies of Reusser’s book will be available for purchase at Saturday’s event for $20.

“(The book) is not written by a military person or just for a military audience, but written for the average person,” Reusser said. “They will be able to understand everything and it is written so that you know what the vets were thinking.”

For more information on the book and Reusser’s work with veterans, visit www.KayleenReusser.com.


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