“For Indiana citizens, the public library is a community gathering place where information is found and shared. It is a place where new information and ideas increase the knowledge and awareness of community members. Partnering with libraries for Our Heroes’ Tree creates an opportunity for libraries to increase awareness within their own communities about the service and sacrifice fellow citizens have made in defense of their state and country,” said Kathy Broniarczyk, director of outreach for MFRI. “By increasing community awareness about the uniqueness of military life and service, libraries show their support and understanding of this special population.”
Our Heroes’ Tree is a national program founded to recognize and honor the sacrifices of current service members, Veterans, and deceased service members. Participating libraries will display a tree featuring handmade ornaments created by community members to honor a service member. Libraries will also offer resources to help these communities provide support and generate a greater understanding of the experiences of servicemen and women and their families.
To participate in Our Heroes’ Tree, simply create a handmade ornament honoring the service member from past and present wars, conflicts or peacetime operations. There will also be materials available at the library to craft your ornament. Bring the ornament to Peabody Public Library during the month of October where it will be placed on the tree with other commemorative ornaments. The tree will also be on display at the library for their Salute to Veterans on November 14.
The Virtual Heroes’ Tree will launch for viewing on the web at www.cfs.purdue.edu/mfri/VirtualTree.
Purdue University and libraries statewide are excited to continue this initiative in an effort to promote patriotism throughout communities.
To learn more, contact Deb Lowrance at the Peabody Public Library, at (260) 244-5541.