WAXAHACHIE — The Ellis County Republican Women will convene for their monthly meeting this Tuesday for a special presentation by author and community leader, Perry Giles.

Giles' presentation will focus on the work he puts into the "We were soldiers once, and young" articles and the annual Ellis County Veterans Appreciation Day celebration. The meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Woodmen of the World facility, located at 610 Water Street in Waxahachie.

Giles will detail how he gathers the information on the veterans he writes about in the articles "We were soldiers once, and young," which are featured for about two months in the Waxahachie Daily Light prior to the annual appreciation day held in November.

Giles begins each article telling about each soldier's early life, what branch of service they were serving in, and when and where they lost their life.

Herman Giles began as a stone craftsman and founded Giles Monument in 1946. Since 1976, Perry and his family have been involved in the monument business in Waxahachie.

He has attained the designation of Certified Memorialist, the highest honor of professional achievement as awarded by National Trade Association. Giles Monument serves all of Ellis County.