The Placitas Community Library will host five authors from the Southwest Writers Anthology, “Holes in Our Hearts,” at 2 p.m. Saturday in recognition of Veterans Day.

Holes in Our Hearts Cover. (Courtesy photo)

“‘Holes in Our Hearts provides snapshots of military life and how the military has affected lives. This anthology is more than a collection of works written by individuals with some connection to the United States military services. It is written from the perspective of New Mexico active-duty military members, veterans of the Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, as well as their family members and caregivers. These short stories, memoirs, poems, essays and more are the expressions of deeply ingrained memories and experiences,” a press release on the event reads.

The library says it is often difficult for those who have served and their family members to verbally relate memories and experiences to others so this anthology is a way for them to express that.

“Some of the writing represents the first time many authors have revealed their innermost thoughts to anyone. Some of the stories are written by established authors with numerous publishing credentials,” it says. “Each is a tale worth reading, internalizing, and contemplating the experiences we as a nation expect our young men and women, their families and their caregivers to deal with — sometimes long after their military service has ended and nothing is left but holes in our hearts.”

The library added that thoughts around veterans and their families are more often than not never shared.

“This lack of sharing is tragic on two levels. First, those who never had the privilege of hearing these stories will never fully understand what it means to serve their country through the military. And the people who had the privilege of serving never have the opportunity to realize the catharsis of sharing their experiences,” it says.

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