‘Thousand Letters Home’ program at HFCL July 24

DEARBORN – Henry Ford Centennial Library will present a free program, “A Thousand Letters Home: One WWII Soldier’s Story of War, Love, and Life,” at 6:30 p.m. July 24 in the library auditorium, 16301 Michigan Avenue.

Author Teresa Irish will share the story behind her book of the same title.

On May 26, 2006, about one month after the death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, Teresa Irish opened the Army trunk that belonged to Bud. Inside the trunk were rows of Bud’s handwritten letters from World War II — nearly 1,000 of them addressed to his parents and to the sweetheart who would later become Bud’s wife and Teresa’s mother.

The letters present a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, hope and true love.

The book “A Thousand Letters Home” was named Reviewer’s Choice by Midwest Book Review, Small Press Bookwatch. It has also been placed on the Recommended Reading List of the Military Writers Society of America.

Teresa Irish has been the featured speaker and author at numerous events, and has appeared on ABC News, National Public Radio, The National Defense, Veterans Radio, and Military Author Radio.

This program is sponsored by Friends of the Library-Dearborn, a non-profit citizens group that supports the library by sponsoring and funding library programs for patrons of all ages.