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Local Veterans Discuss War Tonight

Author Ray Elliott and five local war veterans discuss the perils of war tonight in a conversation ranging in topics from World War II and Korea to Vietnam and the current conflict in Iraq. Elliott served in the Marines before penning his 2006 book Iwo Blasted Again.

The panel of local vets includes Dan Perrino and Tom Henderson, both stationed in the Pacific during World War II; Robert Henderson, who served in Korea; American Legion Post #24 commander and Vietnam veteran George Flowers; and Iraq veteran and injured soldier advocate Garrett Anderson. Moderated by Elliott, the panel’s experience stretches through a long history of United States conflicts, and tonight the military men reflect on their experiences during wartime.

The discussion begins at 7 p.m. at the Champaign Public Library, 200 W. Green St., Champaign. The talk is free and open to the public.

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