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 About Our Heroes' Tree

Our Heroes' TreeOur Heroes’ Tree is a national initiative founded to recognize and honor sacrifices made by the families of current and past service members. The goal of the project to support the efforts of military members and their families while providing military related programming for all ages.

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The Our Heroes' Tree Resource Guide for Indiana libraries was created by the Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University. This guide contains programming ideas, templates, marketing materials, ornament-making tips, and other items to help you implement the program. Whether your library is joining the program for the first time or is an OHT "veteran," the resource guide is designed to help you develop the very best program possible.

Participating libraries are welcome to create their own programming for Our Heroes’ Tree. Some past programs that have been implemented by libraries throughout Indiana include adopting a soldier or platoon, assisting military families to set up a family blog, patriotic crafting ideas for children, writing letters to veterans, and hosting workshops for veterans to interact with the community. We look forward to hearing all of the wonderful things that participating libraries are doing with this project and anticipate the arrival of ornaments on our virtual tree.   

  • Our Heroes' Tree Promotional Toolkit
  • Ornament Templates
  • Recommended reading for Our Heroes' Tree program

      Important Dates

      • September 11, 2013: Registration opens for Our Heroes' Tree
      • November 8, 2013: Registration closes for Our Heroes' Tree
      • November 1 - December 31, 2013: Suggested timeframe for Our Heroes' Tree programming and activities (timeframe and duration of programs vary by locale)

      Reception at the Indiana State Library

      The Indiana State Library welcomed state employees and the public to a reception on November 8th from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM to kick off its Our Heroes’ Tree celebration. Attendees honored loved ones that served in past and present wars, conflicts or peacetime operations by placing an ornament on the State Library's Heroes' Tree. The public is welcome to hang an ornament on the State Library’s Our Heroes’ Tree during regular business hours November 8th through December 20th.


    • Military Family Research Institute at Purdue University
    • Indiana State Library Foundation
    • National Our Heroes' Tree Website
    • Our Heroes' Tree on Facebook
    • View participating Indiana libraries in 2012 


        A Heroes' Tree Sits in the Indiana State Library (2009)

        Military members and family members surround a Heroes' Tree at the library (2009)

        A touching Heroes' Tree ornament

        General Bray stand in front of a very impressive Heroes' Tree

        Major Barbara Webster speaks as part of a Heroes' Tree Event