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Thursday, May 23, 2024

Help honor the military, first responders with this event

(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)
(Southside Daily file photo/Courtesy of Pixabay)

NORFOLK — During this holiday season, Norfolk Public Library is honoring all branches of the Armed Forces, NATO, first responders and Fallen Heroes for their commitment in protecting our nation.

Beginning Nov. 17, each of the 12 city library locations will be hosting a themed Christmas Tree to enjoy, photograph and share online with friends and family, according to a news release from the city.

When you share, tag @NorfolkPublicLibrary on Facebook, @NorfolkPublicLib on Twitter, tag your services and use #itsmyNPL and #TreesofHonor.

In addition to the photo opportunities there is also an Operation Holiday Cheer Mail Box at all Norfolk Public Library locations.

Visitors can make/write greeting cards to members of the Armed Forces and first responders and put them inside specially-decorated mail boxes for delivery.

The Hampton Roads Naval Museum is partnering with NPL by delivering the greeting cards to the respective departments around Hampton Roads.

Final collection will be Dec. 1 so the library encourages you to come early to make your card.

Here are the locations and their themed trees for photo opportunities:

• Barron F. Black  – Army Tree
• Blyden – Fire- Rescue
• Bookmobile – All Services (Navy, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, Air Force)
• Jordan-Newby Anchor – Special Ops. Forces Tree
• Horace C. Downing – Law Enforcement – Police
• Janaf – Marine Corps
• Lafayette – Air Force
• Larchmont – Fallen Heroes/POW
• Little Creek – US Navy
• Park Place – National Guard
• Pretlow Anchor – Coast Guard
• Slover – NATO
• Van Wyck – Patriotic

The library specified that while each location will have a tree and mail box dedicated to a particular branch of the Armed Forces or first responders, any Norfolk library location can take a card for any department.

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