HSUMD meeting to showcase new veterans publication

At the Tuesday, Feb. 18, meeting of the Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert, members will learn about “Scenes From Lives of Service: High Desert Veterans of WWI through Desert Storm, a new book about local veterans. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Historic USO Building.

John Anderson will give the program.

According to a spokes-person, Mayor Peggy Breeden was the person who suggested that Ridge Writers, the local chapter of the California Writers Club, write the stories of local veterans. The collection includes 120 stories that range in tone from terrifying to uplifting to humorous.

Anderson will present a few stories and photos — the subjects of which many may recognize as their neighbors “and perhaps learn something they didn’t know about the past life of their friends and acquaintances.”

Liz Babcock played a key role in collecting, writing and editing many of the stories, as well as in designing the final product. The book will be available for sale at the meeting.

Anderson, a Korean War veteran, is a member of the Ridge Writers board.

HSUMD meets the third Tuesday of most months. Meetings are free and open to the public. For information call 760-375-8456.

Story First Published: 2020-02-14