With 300 speaking engagements since 2012 and numerous enthusiastic reviews, Teresa Irish’s “A Thousand Letters Home, the Journey of the Letters” is a unique, motivational and memorable keynote program for your upcoming event! Using a story-telling style that draws from the strength and character of the greatest generation, author/speaker Teresa Irish takes audiences on an inspirational and life-affirming journey. Irish’s skillful and captivating presentation blends humor and history to leave audiences laughing, crying, reminiscing and inspired. A perfect accompaniment to community, civic, business, military, recognition, and motivation-oriented events, this program encourages perspective, accountability, pride in ownership, and a "people first, task second" approach to day-to-day living. A heartfelt tribute to America’s history, freedoms, and family values, as well as a reminder of the importance of human connections in today’s world, this presentation reaches across generations with a little something for everyone. About the book, "A Thousand Letters Home" Following the 2006 death of her father, Aarol W. “Bud” Irish, Teresa Irish opened the Army trunk that had resided in the family home her entire life. There, nestled in row after row, were her dad’s nearly 1,000 letters from WWII. Visited only by him over the course of six decades, the letters were postmarked from November, 1942 to December, 1945. The fragile and yellowed pages were written to Bud’s parents back in Hemlock, MI, and to the sweetheart who would later become his wife. From lonesome, moonlit nights listening to the Hit Parade, to the foxholes and front lines in Germany where Bud would receive the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and two Bronze Battle Stars, to correspondence with the heartbroken mothers whose sons died by his side, this is a moving and historic story of life and loss, hope and perseverance, unwavering faith, and true love. "A Thousand Letters Home" is comprised of 320 of these poignant letters and 104 corresponding photographs. The firsthand account through the eyes, heart and words of one soldier mirrors the journeys of many who served in WWII. From training camps across the U.S.A., to Ports of Embarkation where they boarded ships and crossed the ocean to fight on foreign soil, millions of young Americans were abruptly pulled from civilian life and thrust into the unfamiliar world of a military at war. At every opportunity, Bud poured his thoughts and feelings into his letters, all amidst reassuring words to loved ones a world away. Unable or perhaps reluctant to recount what they had experienced, many veterans chose to spare their loved ones the detailed atrocities of war – these would be their own personal burdens to bear for the remainder of their lives. Bud foreshadowed this in a letter to his parents written from Europe on February 4, 1945, “…Heaven knows they [soldiers] don't want anything more on earth than to get it over and go back to their loved ones…We don't want anything extra when we get home, but just want to find everything as we left it and forget everything that's happened or we've seen over here…” As the reader turns the pages, the transition from boy to man is apparent in the passing of the weeks, months and years. "A Thousand Letters Home" was named Reviewer’s Choice by Midwest Book Review Small Press Bookwatch, and was recognized by Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards. In addition to selecting "A Thousand Letters Home" for their Recommended Reading List, The Military Writers Society of America called it “a fascinating book…a treasure trove,” and concluded “highly recommend.” The story of the letters has been reported in newspapers throughout the United States. The book’s introduction, letter excerpts, speaker reviews, reader reviews, photo gallery, and upcoming events may be viewed at www.AThousandLettersHome.com.