Tuesday, August 8, 2017

2017-08-22 - Summer Speaker Event - “War Hits Home: Stories of Family Courage”

Summer Speaker Event -
"War Hits Home: Stories of Family Courage"
Tuesday, August 22, 2017, 7:15 pm.
Township of Ocean Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755
Local Writer Shares “War Orphan” Story

How does war hit home, even when it’s being waged thousands of miles away? Local author and Ocean Township resident, Lois Kiely, whose essay appears in the recently published Chicken Soup for the Soul for Military Families, answers that question at the next talk in the Ocean Township Museum’s Speaker Series, 7:15, Tuesday, August 22, at the Board of Education Building, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst. She draws on her own experience as a war orphan (a child who has lost a parent to war) and the stories of others chronicled in this latest edition of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series to highlight the obstacles military families face—and to pay tribute to programs and organizations that provide them recognition and support.

Ms. Kiely’s talk casts light on an overlooked and often inspirational aspect of our nation’s military conflicts—the courage of those who keep the home fires burning. She offers the perspective of those who worried and prayed for the safe return of their loved ones from Vietnam, Afghanistan, and other major conflicts.

Ms. Kiely shares what she’s learned about the organizations that look after those who wait behind, including her own involvement in the American World War II Orphans Network (AWON). She calls attention to Blue Star Highways and Byways, a nationwide program that pays tribute to service men and woman with memorial plaques along our roadsides. Two such markers are located in nearby towns.

Copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul for Military Families will be available at Ms. Kiely’s talk for a special price of $10.00. Proceeds for all books sold at the event go to the Township of Ocean Historical Museum.

Lois Kiely, a Wanamassa resident, serves on the Museum’s Board of Directors; she is a graduate of Monmouth University, a former New Jersey Teacher of the Year, and a retired teacher and school administrator. Her stories have been published in the Phoenix Writers’ Club magazine.

The talk is free and open to the public, refreshments will be served. (Bring your non-perishable donations for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.)
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum, founded in 1984, is a member-supported, 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, incorporated under the laws of the State of New Jersey. Its headquarters, the Eden Woolley House, is one of the few 18th century structures still in existence in the Township and is open to the public on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays (1 p.m. to 4 p.m.), Thursday Evenings (7 p.m. to 9 p.m. March 15 through December 15) and the first and second Sundays of each month (1p.m. to 4 p.m.). The Township of Ocean Historical Museum offers exhibits on the history of coastal Monmouth County and a full calendar of events. The Museum is also 100% volunteer supported, with no paid staff. The Museum maintains a library and archive, which houses manuscripts, books and photographs of historical and genealogical interest. For more information, please call 732-531-2136 or visit our website at

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Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516
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