October 09, 2009

Book Signing Oct 20 430-6pm!

Nationally Recognized Photographer to Speak at State Library

Ordinary Heroes is a collection of 48 hauntingly beautiful portraits of Congressional Medal of Honor Recipients. They have been captured by photographer Tom Casalini over a year’s time and travel, and each is accompanied by his insightful observations or a shared thought from that individual. Casalini will appear for a book talk and signing reception at the South Carolina State Library, 1500 Senate Street, Columbia, on Tuesday October 20, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Copies of his book will be available for purchase with portions of the proceeds going to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society as well as various Veteran organizations and groups throughout the United States.

tom casaliniThe book opens with the stories of some of the Medal Recipients in-depth, as told to writer Tim Wallis. Throughout the telling of the stories, Wallis has woven his own childhood remembrances of growing up in middle America during the same years. It contrasts the world these men experience as they fought and won their Medals of Honor against the backdrop of the world of innocence and freedom they were fighting to protect.

Casalini tours the nation sharing a dynamic, emotional, unforgettable presentation about the recipients of our nation’s highest tribute for valor – The Medal of Honor. The uplifting message of the heroism potential in all of us is an outgrowth of his yearlong experience in 18 states and 52 cities photographing living Medal of Honor recipients. Walter Cronkite stated, “Ordinary Heroes is a brilliant title as this book speaks of the ordinary lives from which heroes emerge and to which most return. And it is a perfect oxymoron as we learn here of that extraordinary courage in combat that brought them to the nation’s highest honor.”

For more information about Ordinary Heroes, visit www.ordinaryheroesbook.com.

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