Chatham Community Library To Host 2nd Annual Veterans Day Meet & Mingle
Chatham Community Library will host the 2nd Annual Veterans Day Meet & Mingle on Saturday, November 9, at 2pm in the Holmes Meeting Room. Featured speakers will be local author and decorated veteran Wes J. Bryant, and Army veteran Rusty Edmister, Founder of the North Carolina Military Veterans Oral History Project.
Wes J. Bryant retired from the U.S. Air Force in 2018 at the rank of Master Sergeant after twenty years of active duty service. Embedded with Special Forces teams under a Navy SEAL task force, Wes was the tactical lead for a contingent of special operations JTACs to first set foot in Iraq to stop ISIS. As the senior enlisted JTAC, Bryant coordinated and controlled the first airstrikes against ISIS in the Baghdad region. He later deployed as the senior Special Tactics JTAC for special operations task forces hunting ISIS in Syria and Afghanistan.
Bryant is the co-author of Hunting the Caliphate, in which he gives a vivid first-person account of fighting ISIS and the war on terrorism in the years following 9-11. He is married with two children and lives in Chatham County where he currently pursues writing and editing, and teaches Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi. His book will be available for purchase at the event.
Army Veteran Rusty Edmister has recorded 486 oral history interviews. He will give a short presentation about his work and how other veterans can have their stories preserved for future generations.
Veterans Day (originally known as Armistice Day) is a federal holiday in the United States observed annually on November 11, for honoring military veterans, that is, persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces (and were discharged under conditions other than dishonorable. It coincides with other holidays including Armistice Day and Remembrance Day which are celebrated in other countries that mark the anniversary of the end of World War I. Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the Armistice with Germany went into effect. At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954.
This event is free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. Funding is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Chatham Community Library.