Local author Karen Zacharias will present “Human Remains: Stories from Military Families,” at 7 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Friends of the Hermiston Public Library organization’s annual meeting.

As a Gold Star daughter, Zacharias is an advocate for veterans and military families. Her father was killed in Vietnam in 1966, and that experience inspired much of her work, including her book “After the Flag Has Been Folded” — also published as “Hero Mama” — the story of her father and her mother, who held the family together.

She serves on the national advisory boards for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Education Center.

Zacharias’ presentation, which Library Director Marie Baldo descibed as “powerful,” is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4750. A question and answer period will follow.

The annual meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and will include discussion on activities, finances, charter changes, annual reports and election of officers. The annual “Friend Award” will also be presented to the person or persons who have been deemed to be the most helpful to the library over the year. Refreshments will be served, and new and returning members are asked to bring their annual dues of $10.

To learn more about Zacharias and her work, visit karenzach.com. For more information about the event or the Friends of the Hermiston Library meeting, call 541-567-2882.

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