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[LIBRARY] Release: Indiana Libraries Partner to Honor Hoosier Veterans and Families
Start Date: 11/2/2012Start Time: 12:00 AM
End Date: 11/2/2012End Time: 11:59 PM
Entry Description

Public Invited to Our Heroes Tree ceremony at the Indiana State Library on November 9th

INDIANAPOLIS (November 2, 2012) – Hoosiers will have the opportunity to honor loved ones that served in past and present wars, conflicts or peacetime operations. The Indiana State Library, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University (MFRI) and public libraries across the state will honor military members, veterans and their families by participating in the annual Our Heroes Tree program. Through this program, Indiana libraries also try to create awareness of military families currently affected by deployment.

“For our citizens, the library is a community gathering place where information is found and shared. It is the heart of some communities where people, young or old, highly educated or just learning, meet to gain new ideas or share in memories of the past,” said Kathy Broniarczyk, director of outreach for MFRI. “Partnering with the Indiana libraries for Our Heroes’ Tree creates an opportunity to increase awareness within local communities about the service and sacrifice fellow citizens have made in defense of their state and country.”

To participate in Our Heroes’ Tree, simply create a handmade ornament honoring the service member from past and present wars, conflicts or peacetime operations. Bring the ornament to the Indiana State Library or any participating library  where it will be placed on the tree with other commemorative ornaments. Please contact your local participating library for dates the Our Heroes Tree will be in public view in your community.

“This is a remarkable initiative that promotes patriotism throughout Indiana communities via their local public library,” said Roberta L. Brooker, Indiana’s State Librarian. “We look forward to discovering all of the wonderful things done to recognize Hoosier military members and their families.”

The Indiana State Library will hold a reception on November 9th to kick off its Our Heroes Tree celebration.  The public is welcome to join us from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM for free refreshments and light snacks. There will be plenty of ornament templates and a photo scanner to assist in the creation of ornaments. Stories about individual service members can also be submitted and displayed in a binder near the tree. Those that cannot attend the November 9th event are welcome to hang an ornament on the State Library’s Our Heroes tree during regular business hours November 9th through December 28th.

Visit to learn more about the 2012 Our Heroes Tree program or contact Drew Griffis, Indiana State Library, at

 About Our Heroes Tree (
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.

About the Indiana State Library (
The Indiana State Library was established in 1825 to provide library services to Indiana’s state governmental officials and employees. Since that time, the responsibilities of the State Library have expanded to provide services to all citizens of Indiana. Just as the Library of Congress serves as the historical repository for our nation, the State Library is responsible for collecting and preserving all types of information and data about the state of Indiana.  

Everyone is welcome to visit the State Library. Our professional staff is available to assist with research questions, offer expertise on a variety of subject matters, including genealogy, and provide general guidance and information about materials in the Library’s collections.


Our Heroes' Tree
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Entry Type:
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Entry Category:
  • Celebrations
  • Hoosier History
  • Category:
  • Government
  • Agency Name
    Library, Indiana State

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