Writers Block: Preserving the history of East Tennessee veterans

The book tells the stories of more than 300 East Tennessee veterans
Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 4:02 AM EDT|Updated: Apr. 13, 2021 at 5:14 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - John Romesier and Nick McCall have worked years to put together their book “East Tennessee Veterans Memorial: A Pictorial History of the Names on the Wall, Their Service, and Their Sacrifice.”

The book pays homage to the actual memorial that sits at World’s Fair Park. More than 300 East Tennessee veterans are honored in the book and thousands more through their extension online.

McCall is a veteran himself and a local attorney. Romeiser was a professor at the University of Tennessee.

“We can take some of this and we can help generate a book that historians and family members, and survivors can hold onto and say this is the history of my family member and this is the history of my loved one. So, it provides us with an opportunity. We thought we could add to local history but also, frankly do something for people whose family members and loved ones are memorialized by the ETVMA.”

More than 6,200 names are written on the memorial, for the ones they don’t talk about in the book, they can add online. “ It’s new information we are getting, so we can enrich the web bio for these individuals and then also we get these accolades that make me feel good,” said Romesier. “Some member says ‘oh my gosh I just learned so much about my great uncle, I had no idea that he had been there and done that!’”

On April 13th there will be a virtual book signing with Union Ave Books. You can register here.

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