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Vigo Library offering up 'Hero's Tree' program

Sunday, October 31, 2010

The "Hero's Tree," on display at the Vigo County Public Library.
TERRE HAUTE -- The Vigo County Public Library is participating in the "Our Hero's Tree" program. This program honors the service and sacrifice of our nation's military members past and present and their families.

Volunteers in the Young People's Department cut out white stars for this project.

Community members are invited to use a star to fill in a name of an individual currently in the service or of a veteran who served in the military forces and hang the star on the tree.

A tree has been put up in the lobby for community participation and will stay in place through Veterans Day.

In 2005, Stephanie Pickup, author of "The Soldiers' Tree," and Marlene Lee, author of "The Hero in My Pocket," co-founded the outreach program to promote the awareness of the service and sacrifice of U.S. service members and their families.

The project includes the Navy, Army, Marines, Air Force, and the Coast Guard service members.

The Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University adopted the program and encouraged participation with libraries in Indiana and military libraries worldwide.

"Libraries are uniquely placed in communities and are often times the educational and social center of community life. Libraries have responded with great enthusiasm and creativity as they developed and provided programming for the communities they serve," according to the history of the project.

Last year the tree filled up so quickly that the library has obtained a much larger tree for the 2010 program. Residents of the Vigo County community are invited to share in this expression of honor for those in service to our country.

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