We invite you to join us for Celebrate Veterans. Take a journey through time as you listen to veteran speakers from a variety of conflicts share their stories. And above all, meet the men and women whose lives have touched history in a very real way.
The event is held in the West Lawn United Methodist Church community center, in West Lawn, PA. Ample parking is available and admission is free. The site is easily accessible from Business 422 / Penn Avenue. Click the map for a detailed view and driving directions.
Each year our list of guest speakers includes veterans from a variety of eras and conflicts, such as World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, & more. For a complete roster, download the latest event program here.
Sharon Wells Wagner, vice president of Aperture Press, is a former computer instructor who spends most of her time writing, watercolor painting, and taking care of her family and pets. She enjoys fishing, playing guitar, and Scrabble. Sharon made her literary debut in August 2006 with the story of her father, Red Wells, An American Soldier in WWII. She and her son, Steve Wagner, co-authored a second book, Ordinary Heroes, Untold Stories of WWII in September 2008 and Forgotten Widow in June 2010. Sharon also writes books for children and has several more books on WWII coming out in the near future. She is co-host of BCTV’s “Tales of World War II”, an Associate Liason for the Library of Congress’ Veterans’ History Project, a Member of the Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge, and friend of the local Pearl Harbor Survivors. Sharon resides in Berks County, PA, with her husband, Richard.
Stephen Wagner is the president of Aperture Press and the co-author of Ordinary Heroes, an account of one of history’s greatest conflicts – World War II – told through the eyes of over sixty Pennsylvania enlisted men. He is also the co-author of Forgotten Widow, the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s official account of its rare P-61 Black Widow night fighter. Steve’s interests include writing, graphic design, photography, filmmaking, reading, and traveling. Born in Reading, PA, he presently resides in Berks County.
Carol J. Haile is an author, calligrapher, and self-taught artist. She has written four children’s books and is presently illustrating her fifth. She traces her family lineage to the Schwenkfelder District of Montgomery County, a region well-known for the exquisite PA German Frakturs created in that area during the 1800s. Genealogical research has recently revealed that her great-great grandfather, Pvt. Jacob Batzel (119th Regiment of PA Volunteers, Union Army of the Potomac), died in 1863 at the tender age of 24 from wounds sustained in the Battle of Fredericksburg.