Free Press veterans book officially released Sunday at Pilsen gathering

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Hillsboro Free Press staff members (from left) Patty Decker, Nicole Suderman and Shelley Plett distribute copies of the new book ?Our Nation Called? during the official release gathering Sunday afternoon at the Pilsen Community Center. About 50 people came to the event to pick up the books they had pre-purchased and to hear affirmation of the military veterans in a speech by Gaylord Sanneman, vice commander of the Kansas American Legion. A second distribution event followed that evening at the Marion VFW. Publisher Joel Klaassen said the 192-page book includes 1,658 service photos in the alphabetical section at the back of the book and 267 candid photos in the front of the book. Also included are 11 feature profiles of county veterans. He estimated some 1,000 staff hours were invested in the project.

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