"We all know there are many service men and women and veterans in our community," Assistant Custodian Annette Walden recently told The Brazil Times about this year's Christmas display at the courthouse. "This way, people will get to seem them."
Family members and friends of military personnel -- whether active or not -- may take photos of their loved ones to the courthouse so they can be placed on the 14-foot Christmas tree in the rotunda. All photos, which need to be no larger than 3-by-5, should be dropped off at the Maintenance Department office in the courthouse basement no later than Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010.
Walden said students from local elementary schools, the Linking Education to Adults, Adolescents and Preschoolers (LEAAP) Center, Cornerstone Christian Academy and Annunciation School would also be decorating smaller Christmas trees for display around the courthouse.
The elaborate decorating project will be completed in time for public viewing as part of the activities surrounding the upcoming Christmas In The Park Parade, scheduled for Friday, Nov. 26.
Walden said the idea to use photos of local veterans and military personnel was originally proposed by several people working in the courthouse.
"(The custodial staff) is really excited about the theme this year and looking forward to decorating," Walden said. "We hope people will really get involved with the theme and send or drop off lots of pictures, and then come out to see the tree. It's a lot of work, but it is so beautiful when completed."
For more information, contact Walden or Chief Custodian Wayne Knox at 448-9007.