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Honoring heroes

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

More than 90 photos of local military personnel are on display this year in the Clay County Courthouse rotunda for Christmas. Ivy Jacobs Photo. [Order this photo]
* Courthouse Tree credits military veterans

It's beginning to look a lot like a "G.I. JOE" Christmas at the Clay County Courthouse.

"We really hope the public comes out to honor and see some of the familiar faces of our local heroes this year," Assistant Custodian Annette Walden recently said.

There are more than 90 photos of local service men and women on display this year on the large center Christmas tree in the courthouse rotunda.

"We had a really good response," Walden said.

The display will be open 5-7 p.m., Friday, as part of the festivities during the Christmas In The Park Parade and during normal business hours throughout the holiday season.

The 14-foot Christmas tree in the center of the rotunda features photos of military personnel from World War I through present day.

"People can stop by to warm up, enjoy some hot chocolate and cookies and walk around to see the displays," Walden said. "There are a lot of familiar faces on the tree."

Also on the first floor are several Christmas trees decorated individually by students from local elementary schools as well as other displays on the main floor.

Although all three floors throughout the courthouse are decorated for the holiday, Walden said only the main floor would be open to the public Friday evening. However, the public would be able to look around the entire building during normal business hours this holiday season.

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 was really excited about the theme this year," Walden said. "It's a lot of work, but it is so beautiful when completed."

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