Libraries to honor military veterans with Heroes' Trees

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Look for the Bloomfield and Linton public libraries to once again honor our veterans with Heroes' Trees.

"The idea is to have people create ornaments honoring their loved ones, friends, neighbors, or anyone else that has served in the armed forces, past or present," explained John Helling, who serves as the director of the Bloomfield-Eastern Greene County Public Library.

The ornaments will then be displayed on a tree at the Bloomfield or Linton Library.

"We'd (Bloomfield Public Library) also like people to bring in any anecdotes or stories that they have to be included in a binder that we're making available for people to read," Helling added. "The ornaments and the stories will each receive a number, so people can look at the ornaments, then read something about the background of that individual. We'll take digital pictures of all the ornaments and upload them to be included in the program's main website, which is part of the Purdue website."

The tree at the Bloomfield Library is now set up and will remain a bit after Veterans' Day, Helling noted.

The tree at the Linton library will go up Nov. 8 and remain throughout the holidays, explained Shelley Williams, who serves as the director of the Linton Public Library.

"We will have some supplies out so that anyone can come in and make one or bring their own in. We'll then hang the ornaments on the tree," she added.

If anyone would like to leave their ornament when the tree comes down that's also fine, she noted. Ornaments that are left will be added to the library's military collection.

'Our Heroes' Tree' program is made possible through Purdue University's Military Family Research Institute.

For more information on the program log onto or call the Bloomfield library at 384-4125 or the Linton library at 847-7802.

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