On Sunday, November 11th, Navy and Marine Corps veterans and family members will hold a book signing at Bay Books. Pat Anderson, from South Pasadena, is graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2002. Anita Brenner is the mother of a local Marine veteran who died of cancer.
The book, "In the Shadow of Greatness," is a compilation of stories about the Naval Academy Class of 2002, the first since Vietnam to graduate in wartime.
Their experiences throughout the last ten years of war are documented in the book, offering a unique perspective on this new generation of young veterans.
Demand for the book, published by the Naval Institute Press, has been overwhelming. The book launched on September 11th, with events in Washington D.C. and in Santa Ana, CA. By the end of the day, on September 11th, the book sold out on Amazon and at some local bookstores.
All profits from the book benefit veterans non-profits:
* The Travis Manion Foundation
* Run to Honor
* Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
* The Matthew Freeman Project
* Semper Fi Fund
* The Mission Continues
* Veterans Campaign
* Fenix281 Foundation
Tom Brokaw dubbed the work "A must-read for all Americans..." and high-profile contributors include the likes of David Gergen and retired Admiral Mullen.
"We want to honor our country, our families and our services with this book and hopefully it will open a dialogue about what this new generation of veterans has given to their country,” said Ben Wagner, a Marine and a member of the class.
Other book chapters include stories of the last female to fly the F-14 Tomcat, a Navy-grad turned Army officer charged with casualty notifications, and the first gay Naval Officer to marry after the Don't Ask Don't Tell repeal.
All author proceeds benefit military and veteran non-profits
For more information, see www.shadowofgreatness.com.