Local author Larry Cavender recently completed his fourth book, “Thank You for Your Service — A Tribute: Inspiring True Stories of Uncommon Valor and Sacrifice of Unsung Military Heroes,” a collection of 24 stories spanning nearly a century of military service.
In the foreword, Cavender states, “There is no one who deserves our respect and admiration, our love and thanks, more so than those who have sacrificed so much in the service of our country. This book is my own small way of saying to those deserving heroes, ‘Thank you for your service.’”
Of these stories, more than half of them are about people who are connected to Cherokee County, either from being native to the county, from having lived in the area at one time or another or from having relatives who reside here. Included in the book are stories about a soldier who, after being severely wounded, is awarded the French Croix de Guerre for his bravery in the World War I Battle of Chateau-Thierry, the co-pilot of the first American plane shot down in the attack on Pearl Harbor and many more.
The true stories are supplemented by more than 100 photographs. Signed copies may be purchased at the Cherokee County Historical Society gift shop at 221 E. Marietta St. in Canton and at the Ball Ground Pharmacy at 470 Valley St. in Ball Ground. Copies may also be purchased at the offices of Yawn’s Publishing at 2555 Marietta Highway in Canton, Northside Pharmacy at 170 Marietta Highway in Canton and online at Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com.
A native of Cherokee County, Cavender is a former metropolitan Atlanta radio broadcast journalist, a retired high school English teacher and a veteran who retired as a Technical Sergeant after 24 years in the Air Force Reserves.