The Heroes of 45
by Ron Mielech
The Heroes of 45 by Ron Mielech is an enchanting tale of historical fiction; however, this could very easily be a story told about life in a small Kentucky town during the war. The action takes place in 1945, following thirteen-year-old Richard Townsend. During the war, Richards father, C.F., continues his legal practice on the home front, while others of Richards family and friends are serving their country at war. Richard is pleased that his father is safe but is disappointed that he has not served in the military.
Richard could not possibly have known at the beginning of summer how much his life would change. Through a course of events that took place by summers end, he would realize that you dont have to fight a war to be a hero. He witnessed the heroic acts of others, including his father. Once he realized all of the truly good things his father did for others, he was proud to follow in his footsteps.
And then, came the end of the war and life went on and the past gave way to the future.
About the Author:
Ron Mielech received his AB in English from the Thomas More College, his MFA from Yale University in Playwriting and his PhD from Ohio State University in History of Theater and Dramatic Literature.
Mielech has had plays performed on college, community and professional stages, including the Famous Barter Playhouse in Abingdon, Virginia. His play, THE DANCERS OF CANAAN, debuted at another iconic theater, the Kentucky Repertory Theater, best remembered as the Horse Cave Theater. The play was produced by the founder of the theater, Warren Hammach, under the direction of Pamela White.
Mielech is the former chairman of the English and drama departments at Thomas More College in Northern Kentucky.