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October 16, 2009

Library honoring military heroes

Ornaments needed for Heroes’ Trees

Floyd County residents can memorialize their military heroes in a novel way this fall.

Partnering with the Purdue University Military Family Research Institute, the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library has placed two Heroes’ Trees near its Indiana History Room.

Family and friends can honor military heroes that have fought in past wars or that are serving abroad by placing an ornament on one of the trees in their name.

“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” said Betty Menges, librarian of the Indiana History Room.

People can make or bring their own ornaments or use one of the paper decorations created by library staff. After the ornaments are submitted, they are included in the Research Institute’s virtual tree, which can be viewed at

Libraries that take part in the program can use whatever style of tree they prefer. The NAFC library created two paper trees, hung bookend style near the facility’s rear door.

The trees were placed near the beginning of October and the staff is trying to spread the word.

“We have maybe about a dozen ornaments up, however, the majority of them were put there or made by staff members,” Menges said.

The trees will remain at the library until at least Veterans Day, Menges said. To culminate the celebration of war heroes, the library will welcome Master Sgt. Scott Ham, a New Albany native, who will speak at the facility at 4:30 p.m. on Nov. 4.

Ham served in Bosnia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

This is the first year the library has participated in the program. Menges has already placed two ornaments herself, honoring two family members that served during World War II.

The ornaments can represent any family member or friend that is serving or has in the past, or that served during peacetime. The ornaments are free to place.

For more information, contact Menges at 812-949-3527.



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