“A Holliston Call to Duty,” The Book Is Available in Town

“A Holliston Call to Duty” is a tribute to military veterans from the small Massachusetts town of Holliston, thirty miles southwest of Boston. Little has been previously told about the lives of these men and women who were called in times of peace and war to the nation’s defense.

With over fifty photographs and accompanying text, the book pays tribute to the service of the town’s residents. It begins with existential domestic struggles like the American Revolution and the Civil War, continues to global overseas wars like World War I and World War II, all the way to the twenty-first century conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “A Holliston Call to Duty” provides a rich portrait of veterans who came from all walks of life, from farmers to college students, from draftees to volunteers, some of whom paid the ultimate sacrifice and never returned.

You can order a copy from Silver Street Media here: Silver Street Media: https://tinyurl.com/ubra3fb8

Or from Amazon here: Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1941573258?ref=myi_title_dp

Author Bobby Blair told the Holliston Reporter that “A Holliston Call to Duty” is available at Fiske’s General Store, the only local venue for the meantime to carry the book as a salute and tribute to former owner of Fiske’s Lou Paltrineri.

Fiske’s owner John Paltrineri holds a copy of the book.

Paltrineri is featured in the book and was a WWII veteran and POW. The book was listed by Amazon as the best-selling number one book under the heading of Military Veterans History on April 15th. A second book about Holliston veterans “A Holliston Oath to Support & Defend” is due out in several weeks.

Blair stated that he opted to have his books delivered to Holliston via his old alma mater – the USPS as the cost was less than other carriers. The books began their journey from the printer in Agawam Ma. on Friday April 9th. A marathon trip to Garden City NJ to Stamford Ct. onward to Shrewsbury Ma. and finally, to Holliston on Friday the 16th of April a total of 8 days!  Blair said it is ironic as he’d written about Capt. Staples Chamberlain in his book and of Chamberlain’s efforts as a courier. Chamberlain delivered goods to Holliston men in the Continental Army in Albany NY in the winter of 1778 on a horse and wagon from a starting point here in town. Through snow and over the Berkshire Mountains, Chamberlain’s journey took him a little over a week. Too bad we’re 243 years down the road or the USPS could have asked Chamberlain how he accomplished his feat.

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  1. Stacey Raffi on April 18, 2021 at 7:10 am

    Congratulations “Mayor” Blair! Looking forward to picking up a copy.

  2. Claire Breesnahan on April 19, 2021 at 9:21 am

    Excited to read “A Holliston Call To Duty.”… aware of the time and energy that you have exercised to produce the book.
    On Patriot’s Day, Thank-you, Bob for your service in Vietnam and ESPECIALLY the fortitude you have demonstrated in keeping the Holliston American Legion now VFW alive in town. YOU would have made THE GREATEST GENERATION proud!!!

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