Autographed hardcover editions of Letters to Lida, signed by Staff Sergeant David Lemal, are available to purchase online for a limited time.

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A September 11 Historical Discussion: Remembering Those Who Sacrificed For America

September 11 history roundtable discussion with authors

hosted by Barnes & Noble, Exton, at 7:00 p.m.

Kevin Ferris, Charlene Briggs, Jim Christ and Bruce Mowday will take part


EXTON _ The public is invited to take part in a roundtable event – A September 11 historical discussion: Remembering Those Who Sacrificed For America – on September 11 at 7:00 p.m. at Barnes & Noble, 301 Main Street, Exton.


“September 11 is an important date in our nation’s history,” author Bruce Mowday said. “Barnes & Noble has assembled an excellent local panel. All of the members are extremely interested and knowledgeable about our nation’s heritage.”


The public is encouraged to attend the roundtable discussion and take part in the question and answer portion of the evening. The event is free and open to the public. The panelists are Kevin Ferris, Charlene Briggs, Jim Christ and Mowday.


Ferris is co-author of Unbreakable Bonds: The Mighty Moms and Wounded Warriors of Walter Reed and Vets and Pets: Wounded Warriors and the Animals That Help Them Heal.


Briggs is author of Letters to Lida: World War II Told Through The Eyes, Heart and Words of a B-29 Tail-Gunner.


Christ is Vice President of the Paoli Battlefield Preservation Fund and Vice President of the Brandywine Valley Civil War Round Table.


Mowday is an author of a number of history books, including September 11, 1777: Washington’s Defeat At Brandywine Dooms Philadelphia. Two of his latest books are on Gettysburg, Pickett’s Charge: The Untold Story and J. Howard Wert’s Gettysburg.


The panelists have experience covering the American Revolution, Civil War, World War II and today’s veterans.


Authors will be signing their books at the Barnes & Noble event and Christ will have books pertaining to the Battle of Paoli.     




Report to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum on Reading Airport (KRDG) this 2-3-4 June for the annual WWII Weekend & Hanger Dances.  The published Operations Order is packed with fascinating & fun events, aviation history and entertainment best described here 

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Friday, Saturday and Sunday  Charlene Briggs,  will be in the Hanger selling her recent release  Letters to Lida, World War II told through the eyes, heart and words of a B-29 tail-gunner. 

 Letters to Lida contains 150 letters Charlene’s father, S/Sgt. David Lemal  wrote to his mother during WWII and his reflections on war as he read those letters to Charlene nearly seventy years later.


There are Hanger Dances both Friday and Saturday evening, with Saturday expected to be the main effort.  Fun 40s attire is optional but highly recommended to keep morale high.   

Friday you’ll swing to the “Let’s Dance” big band, appearing ala Artie Shaw’s USN Big Band. On Saturday, 3 June, The Glenn Miller, USAAF style “Swing Fever” band will set your feet to tapping. 1900-2200 (7PM – 10PM.)   Tickets are $12, the lettuce (cash) will be collected at the gate. You must report prior to 1930 (7:30PM) before the gates close.  Arrive closer to 6pm to catch the arrival of the President Franklin D. Roosevelt for his inspiring speech to kick off the dance.  It’s best to mess (dine) earlier.

The best local mess hall is the Reading Airport Restaurant.  A good plan is to arrive there for an early dinner Saturday 4:45 – 5pm, soon to be worked off on the hanger floor.  

So you jitter bugs and hep cats, no off time jive (sorry excuse).  It’ll be solid murder (something solid or terrific).  The Big Band on the main kick (stage) always has a killer-diller canary (too hot to handle female vocalist).  Soldiers, Sailors and Airmen of all nations will be in their dashing dress uniforms.  The ladies will be khaki-wacky (boy crazy).  Saturday evening, the joint will be jumpin. 

You are expected to do map reconnaissance  Do not depend totally on your GPS.  

~ Stu Gillard

Local Author Expo     Abington Library

Saturday April 22, 2017

Abington Library

1030 Old York Road

Abington, PA 19001
(215) 885-5180
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Meet S/Sgt. David J. Lemal between 1:30 PM and4:30 PM



Book signings and Roundtable Discussion   122 Wallace Avenue Downingtown, PA  19335

Thursday  September 29, 2016

David Lemal will speak about his WWII experiences at the Lehigh Valley Veterans History Project in Allentown. Free Admission.

1633 Elm Street  Allentown, Pa.  7:00 PM

July 11, 2016  Avalon, N.J. Library 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Location: Multipurpose Room (Avalon Elementary School adjacent to the Library)
 S/Sgt. David J. Lemal  will discuss his journey through WWII and his daughter and book author, Charlene Briggs ,will comment on war as seen through the eyes of a soldier’s daughter. Briggs is an environmental scientist and educator currently teaching Environmental Science at Temple University. Q&A and book signing to follow lecture.


Come hear experiences of our neighbors
who have served our country !

Mr. David J. Lemal
World War II
U.S. Army Air Corps
B-29 Tail Gunner
Pacific Theater
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
7 PM
Location: Lehman Methodist Church, 300 S. York Road, Hatboro

Saturday November 14, 2015   12:00 – 3:00  Local Authors Day
Downingtown Library   122 Wallace Avenue Downintown, PA 19335

September 27, 2015  Book Reading

Event Type: Adults
Date: 9/27/2015
Start Time: 1:00 PM
End Time: 3:00 PM


 Join Susan G. Weidener, author of “A Portrait of Love and Honor: A Novel Based on a True Story” and Charlene L. Briggs, author of”Letters to Lida: World War II Told Through the Eyes, Heart and Words of a B-29 Tail-Gunner”, for an afternoon of inspiration – how these stories were gathered, and the importance of the legacy of the written word to friends, families and future generations. The authors will take your questions.The widow of a West Pointer, whose husband attended the USMA during the Vietnam War, and the daughter of a World War II B-29 tail gunner who flew 22 missions over Japan, reflect on the realities of war as written by the men they loved. Their stories demonstrate the silent costs of conflict and how the resonance of war lives on long after war is over.Library: Henrietta Hankin Branch Library

Location: Community Room
Presenter: Charlene Briggs and Susan G. Weidener



September 21, 2015  Charlene L.  Briggs will speak at International Peace Day Commemoration in West Chester, PA

International Day of Peace Commemoration

September 21, 2015

Sponsored by the Chester County Peace Movement

7 p.m. – 8 p.m. candlelight vigil

Old Court House Steps/downtown West Chester (High Street side – rain/shine)

September 20, 2015        Eisenhower World War II Weekend 1195 Baltimore Pike,Gettysburg, PA 17325 Local: 717-338-9114

The National Park Service will sponsor a World War II living history weekend at the Eisenhower National Historic Site with authentic recreations of Allied and German army camps, complete with original World War II vehicles. Several hundred living history enthusiasts from over forty organizations will portray military personnel from the European Theater in 1944. Living history volunteers will present programs on World War II medical services, weapons and equipment, communications, military vehicles, and the life of the common soldier. Dozens of World War II jeeps and trucks will be displayed and mock Army Air Force bomber squadron mission briefing reenacted. Throughout the weekend, WWII veterans will share their experiences in the European and Pacific Theaters.The encampment will be open Saturday 9am to 4:30 pm and Sunday 9am to 4pm. Admission to the Eisenhower National Historic Site is by shuttle bus.  –

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June 14, 2015 1:00 PM at the Chester County Book Company 967 Paoli Pike, West Chester, PA 19380 610 696-1661

June 10, 2015  Eagleview, PA Senior Apartments, Book Reading 1:30 PM

June 5,6,7 2015   Mid Atlantic Air Muesum World War II Weekend   Reading, PA.  Stop by the Hanger and meet Charlene. Signed copies by David Lemal will be available for sale.

May 27, 2015 – May 31, 2015  FiFi, the only flying B-29 in the world will be at the Northeast Philadelphia Airport .!philadelphia-pa/cdnx

Memorial Day, 2015, David Lemal was highlighted in the Philadelphia Inquirer. Here is the link.

May 3, 2015 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM at the Doylestown Bookshop 16 S. Main Street Doylestown, PA 18901 215 230-7610

May 2, 2015   WWII Weekend at Graeme Park | WWII Weekend & 35th ID Recon Troop   Charlene Briggs will be there with Letters to Lida.

April 17, 2015  7:30 PM     HEALING THE HEART FROM THE RESONANCE OF CONFLICT, Ideas Bookstore 2234 Kimberton Rd. Kimberton, PA (610) 933-3742

April 11, 2015  1:00 PM – 3:00 PM  Wellington Square Bookshop, Eagleview, PA












Letters to Lida is available to buy online at the following booksellers.