For those who want something special and unusual to do this Memorial Day Weekend, the Frontiers of Flight Museum has got just the thing Saturday. It’s not just the opportunity to visit the museum, it’s also the chance to meet Thomas “Tom” Sanders.
Who is Tom Sanders?
No, he’s not a world-famous general. And, no, he didn’t save a legion of soldiers. Well, no, wait. He sorta did save soldiers.
Through his book, “The Last Good War: The Faces and Voice of WWII,” he captured the memories and images of those who faced danger and challenges that are legendary. It was award the 2010 Editor’s Choice Prize for Nonfiction by Foreward Book Reviews.
His presence at the museum from 1 to 2 p.m. is the result of Belmont Village Senior Living that is building the senior living community in Turtle Creek. It seems that back in 2008, the center encountered Thomas when he “was two years into his mission, begun as a college student, to capture the images of as many WWII veterans as possible. His goal: to help preserve and share their stories. Moved by his project and the chance to honor their residents, Belmont Village commissioned Thomas in 2009 to photograph the 400+ veterans around the country, who called Belmont home. A collection of Sanders’ photos was published in 2010, 65 years after the end of what Studs Terkel originally dubbed, ‘The Good War.’”
“So many of our residents have served — we’re very proud to have played a role in sharing their histories in such a meaningful way through our collaboration with Thomas,” said Belmont Village founder/CEO Patricia Will. “Frontiers of Flight shares our commitment to veterans and is the perfect place for us to come together to honor and remember them.”
Following his presentation, he’ll sign books for guests. The event benefits the Frontiers of Flight Museum.