An ambitious book focused on the lives of veterans with ties to Roane County is in the early stages, but the organizers expect to have it in print sometime in November.
"When I read some of the stories or some of the veterans tell me their story of what they went through, it does touch my heart," said Connie Williams. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and is spearheading the project. Volunteers with that patriotic service group are organizing the entries for the upcoming book. They expect it will be close to 500 pages and will be dedicated to men and women who have served in uniform dating back more than 200 years.
"Our biggest concern is getting the word out," said Ms. Williams.
Already the group has dozens of one page forms filled out by veterans and their families that include their dates of service, branch of service, and a short memory from their days in the service. Ms. Williams and her partners are asking for even more entries knowing they may need more volumes of the book to account for the more than five thousand veterans with Roane County ties.
"We're hoping (the books) can be used for years to come," said Ms. Williams, her late husband served in the Air Force for close to a decade and is part of her inspiration for compiling the written tribute a group of East Tennessee veterans.
For more information about the book:
Connie Williams: (865) 919-5702