Marion writer's poem in new anthology

author: Marion author Peggy Hoard was published in the national poetry anthology "In My Lifetime: Memoirs." The book is available on Amazon.com and features an eclectic collection of poems in celebration of life experiences that touched and influenced writers from all parts of the country. (Courtesy photo)
author: Marion author Peggy Hoard was published in the national poetry anthology “In My Lifetime: Memoirs.” The book is available on Amazon.com and features an eclectic collection of poems in celebration of life experiences that touched and influenced writers from all parts of the country. (Courtesy photo)

MARION — A poem by Marion author Peggy Hoard was published in the national poetry anthology “In My Lifetime: Memoirs.”

The publication features an eclectic collection of poems in celebration of life experiences that touched and influenced writers from all parts of the country. The new book was released in July and is available on Amazon.com.

The theme of Hoard’s contribution, “In Honor of Veterans,” is expressed in these lines:

“Respect service personnel for what they willingly give—Their lives if necessary, so we have the freedom to live.”

The inspiration for Hoard’s poem is more than national pride or patriotism; it springs from family values and memories of her childhood in Marion. At an early age she learned to respect and honor those who serve in the military.

Her father, Harold Williams, was a veteran, an active member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Marion Post 6015, and served as post commander for 13 years. He was also responsible for arranging and providing military funeral honors for veterans.

Hoard has vivid memories of helping her father prepare to lead the Memorial Day parades in Marion. She took pride is polishing his white belt and holster and shining the brass belt buckle to a gleaming finish. It was her job, too, to stand on the bridge on Main Street and keep a space clear of spectators so that veterans could throw a wreath into the Middle Branch River in memory of those lost at sea.

She remembers asking her father how he coped at funerals when he presented a flag to family members. He answered that it was his job and his privilege to honor the fallen and it was the final recognition he could offer.

“I thank God my dad was a veteran,” said Hoard. “Not only for my freedom, but because he instilled within me a great gratitude for veterans and the poem honors him and what he stood for.”

Hoard lives with her husband, Bob, on the family homestead. She is a prolific writer and has numerous short stories to her credit, including the award-winning “Grandma’s House.” She was recently elected chairperson of Write to Publish, a writers’ group that meets at Horizon Books in Cadillac.

What’s next for the busy author? She is preparing several church skits and plays for publication and plans to complete “Questions,” a novella, within a few months.

For more information about Write to Publish, contact Hoard at (231) 631-9970. New members are welcome.