Meadow Ridge welcome veterans to special program on Nov. 11

Meadow Ridge is hosting author Joseph Farris on Sunday, Nov. 11, to discuss his memoir, A Soldier’s Sketchbook – From the Front Lines of World War II. The program is from 2 to 4 p.m.

“We are honored to host this special tribute to our veterans and hope you will join us to meet Mr. Farris, enjoy coffee and dessert, and receive a complimentary copy of A Soldier’s Sketchbook,” Meadow Ridge said in its release.

A Soldier’s Sketchbook, an illustrated memoir from a World War II soldier, is drawn from the letters, sketches, snapshots, and mementos of Pvt. Joseph Farris, who left his home in Danbury, Conn. and set off to war aboard the U.S.S. General Gordon in October 1944, bound for France as part of Company M, 398th Infantry.

Mr. Farris wrote more than 800 letters home, and he hewed his artistic talents with sketches and paintings along the way. He also secretly copied officers’ notes and, once back home after the war, collected clippings and battlefield accounts, which form a sobering counterpoint to his reassurances to his parents that everything is “swell.”

A Soldier’s Sketchbook was published Nov. 1, 2011 by National Geographic. To learn more about A Soldier’s Sketchbook and Mr. Farris, visit his website

Mr. Farris a staff cartoonist and cover artist for The New Yorker and his work has appeared in many major national and international publications including Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Barron’s, Travel Agent, The Wall Street Journal, Playboy, Punch, Saturday Evening Post, Reader’s Digest and Harvard Business Review.

Please RSVP by Nov. 8 to [email protected] or call 203-544-7777.

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