honor first

honor firstAtlantic Highlands, NJ – On Friday, November 6 at 7:30 pm, the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council will feature Platte Moring in its “Artists and Authors” series at the Arts Corner, 135 First Avenue, Atlantic Highlands. Platte, the author of Honor First, a book about one soldier’s tale of trying to do the right thing of rebuilding a nation and creating a foundation for a just society will read from his book, will answer questions and sign copies. The evening is open to the public.

Tickets are $10 and available at the door or online at aharts.org 


About the author       
Platte B. Moring III is a Lieutenant Colonel US Army (retired) and a Partner in the law firm of White and Williams LLP in Philadelphia. He has a BA from Princeton University, an M.Sc from the London School of Economics and a JD from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He was Chief Legal Advisor to US Army General in charge of Afghan Reconstruction 2003-2004.

About the book
Honor First is a story about a Philadelphia trial attorney who is called up for active duty as a National Guardsman for the first time in his life at age 45. It chronicles a journey from the mobilization station at Fort Dix, New Jersey to the Hindu Kush Mountains of Bagram Airfield to the diplomatic maneuvering of Afghan reconstruction in Kabul and the development of the rule of law in a culture of impunity. 

It is a lawyer’s story, but more than that, it is about how citizens who become soldiers at a time of war can do things that they never thought possible.

Says Platte, “Those readers looking for an account of combat activities in Afghanistan will not find it here. I never fired my weapon nor saw anyone who did. The book tells the story of the creation of the Afghan Constitution and the development of the rule of law in a war torn society. If you’re looking for the complete history of Operation Enduring Freedom you’ll need to consult other sources. Even though we made history at the Office of Military Cooperation-Afghanistan, I make no effort to chronicle all of it here.”

This book recounts the lives and interactions of ordinary citizens making the transition to military life after September 11, 2001 and is a story of family sacrifice and personal duty. It is also about rebuilding a nation, creating a foundation for a just society and demonstrating how individuals can make a difference in this world. Most of all, this book is one soldier’s tale of trying to do the right thing.  In short, it is Honor First.

Thank you to our sponsor MedExpress Urgent Care for its generous support.

The AHAC is a registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  The mission of the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council is to strengthen community through the arts.  For further information on the Arts Council, visit aharts.org.

This program is made possible in part by Monmouth Arts through funding from the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  

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