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Just Released Book Highlights Local Man Who Was Killed In Action In WWII On His 34th Birthday

Wed 11-11-2020

(Spirit Lake)-- A book that details a local man killed in action on his 34th birthday while serving in World War II is now on sale, just in time for today, Veteran's Day. It's titled “All Souls Day”.

Cynthia Davis of the Spirit Lake Public Library tells KUOO news they played an integral role in assisting the author of the book on Private Sydney Weaver who was from Spirit Lake...Cynthia Davis01 

"A couple of years ago we had an email from a couple in the Netherlands who take care of Pvt. Sydney Weaver's grave there. It's a World War II cemetery. And they were trying to get more information about him and they found family members here in Spirit Lake and we were able to get him in touch, the couple in touch, with the family members, so that was really neat. And shortly after that, Joseph Pereira called and he is the author working on this book that just came out, "All Souls Day". And he wanted to find more information about Sydney Weaver also. And we were able to look in our digital newspaper archives which the library has digitized all the newspapers from the 1880's on. And so we were able to search that and find quite a bit of information, and he used a lot of that information in his book, so that was very cool. He came out to visit us and also met with some of the family while he was here."

Davis says while it's sad, the book has some fascinating stories of what World War II was like for those who fought in it...Cynthia Davis02 

"Anyone interested in World War II, this was a very unique, unusual battle, and Sydney Weaver was declared missing in action and I know the family went quite awhile not knowing what had happened to him, so it's a very sad story but a very neat follow-up, so you'd really enjoy it. Looking forward to reading the book."

Davis says the book is available through Amazon and that the Spirit Lake Public Library plans to do an author visit via Zoom at a later date. She says details on that will be forthcoming.