Rona Simmons is an Atlanta-area author of World War II-era books and articles. Her latest work, A Gathering of Men, offers a unique perspective of the Second World War. “The sweep of events, from the First World War, to the Great Depression, to World War II, had momentous impact on our lives,” she says. And, she adds, “the era is a period we can still almost touch with our fingertips,” as she demonstrated successfully in her prior work, The Other Veterans of World War II: Stories from Behind the Front Lines, celebrating the remarkable but often untold contribution of noncombat veterans. Rona Simmons's stories, articles, and interviews have appeared in regional and national literary journals and in online and print magazines and newspapers. She is also a frequent speaker to veterans groups.
Rona Simmons did not serve in any of America’s conflicts. She is however the daughter of a World War II veteran and spent her formative years in a military family where being in the military was just what her father did. Realizing everything about World War II was disappearing as fast as its veterans, in 2011 she began capturing the stories of World War II veterans and tales of the events they witnessed to keep alive the meaning of their sacrifice for generations to come. The stories she found were anything but the traditional history of the War--they celebrate the little known events and the often unrecognized efforts of those who served.
Run time: 30 - 45 minutes
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