From staff reports
---- — WALTON — Walton and Tipton Township Public Library is collaborating with the Indiana State Library, the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University and public libraries across the state to honor military members, veterans and their families by participating in the annual Our Heroes Tree program.
Through the program, Walton Library is working to honor past and present service members and create an awareness of military families currently affected by deployment.
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, create a handmade ornament honoring the service member from past and present wars, conflicts or peacetime operations. Bring the ornament to Walton and Tipton Township Public Library this week. It will be placed on the tree with other commemorative ornaments.
You can submit a story aboth the hero featured in the ornament to be displayed near the tree, as well.
This is the first year Walton Library has participated in this program. To learn more, contact Karen S. Troutman, director at Walton and Tipton Township Public Library, at 574-626-2234.