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Civil War Fathers:

Sons of the Civil War in World War II

Celebrate Veterans Day with Books to Benefit
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Join us in celebration of Veterans Day as nationally recognized Peoria author and military historian Tim Pletkovich discusses his book, composed of narratives of World War II veterans from eight families who share this unique commonality. Unbelievable as it may seem, Civil War veterans fathered children who fought in World War II. The event is free to the public; donations are welcome.

Mr. Pletkovich, a resident of the Peoria area and a retired history teacher, is the author of a well-received and reviewed book, Civil War Fathers:  Sons of the Civil War in World War II.  He will talk about the narratives of the WWII veterans from eight families who share the unique commonality of having fathers who served in the Civil War. Among those individuals is a Colorado man who was recently featured in a National Geographic video describing his father’s first meeting President Lincoln during the Civil War. This man was subsequently appointed to West Point by Lincoln and later served guard duty over ex-Confederate President Jefferson Davis.

In addition, Mr. Pletkovich will discuss his newly released second book, Nuns, Nazis, and Notre Dame:  Stories of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Fighting Irish.

Between 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. before the presentation, attendees may visit the Books to Benefit store in the same strip mall (Crossroads Center) to browse the collection of books remaining from our sale on the previous weekend and purchase anything of interest to you. We house an extensive collection of works of history and are especially focusing on WWI, at the centenary of its conclusion.

Space is limited. Don’t delay! Secure your spot by completing the form below. Both the event and the sale will be held at the Crossroads Center, 360 Wylie Drive in Normal, Illinois.

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