HAGERSTOWN - Wearing a weathered Pearl Harbor anniversary cap, 80-year-old Jacob B. Berkson leaned against a wall in The Herald-Mail lobby Thursday, poring over the pages of a book he said he has waited a lifetime to hold.
Berkson was one of several veterans whose pictures and military stories are included in The Herald-Mail's fourth book, "Our Country Called: A Tribute to Washington County Servicemen and Servicewomen Vol. 1."
Many of the featured veterans filtered into the newspaper's Summit Avenue lobby Thursday to pick up their copy of the book and retrieve their borrowed pictures and memorabilia.
The 308-page limited edition book contains histories and photographs contributed by about 330 local veterans, said Michele Wills, project director. A second volume is expected to be released in July 2007.