Melvin P. Olson, Jr., 84, of Gloucester, holds his Korean War medals. Melvin is one of the men to be featured in "Salute to Veterans."

North of Boston Media Group invites veterans, their friends, families and the general public to the launch of the new coffee table book, “North of Boston: Salute to Veterans.”

The events will be held from 9 to 11 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12 in Beverly and Friday, Dec. 13 in North Andover. The Thursday event will take place at the Salem News office, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly. The Friday event will be at the Eagle-Tribune office, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover. Please note that the date of the North Andover event has been changed.

Veterans of all wars and anyone with an interest in the rich history of the North of Boston area can use this time to network, exchange stories and and sign one another’s books. World War II veteran Morely Piper will speak at the events about his experience on D-Day, as well as his reflections on the war during his journalism career. Publisher Karen Andreas and Editor Tracey Rauh also will make remarks. Coffee and refreshments will be served.

“North of Boston: Salute to Veterans” features photos and stories from hundreds of local veterans from the Civil War through the most recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. North of Boston Media Group reached out to the public and received an overwhelming response from veterans and their families, and the group hopes to continue in this spirit with the launch events.

“The process of bringing ‘Salute to Veterans’ to fruition has been remarkably rewarding for everyone involved,” Rauh said. “What I found most gratifying was meeting so many heroes from our own communities. These individuals gave so much of themselves for our country. It was an honor to meet them at our photo scanning sessions in the summer, and I’m very, very excited to meet even more veterans at our events next week.”

People who have pre-ordered the book can pick up their copy at the event and there will be additional copies for sale at the discounted price of $29.95. For more information on the events contact Linda Gardner at 978-946-2241.

IF YOU GO What: "Salute to Veterans" launch parites. When: Thursday, Dec. 12 and Friday, Dec. 13 from 9 to 11 a.m. Where: Thursday at The Salem News, 32 Dunham Road, Beverly; Friday at The Eagle-Tribune, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover. How: Events are free and open to the public. For more information call 978-946-2241. * Please note the changed date of the North Andover event.

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