Vets paint Memory Tree to honor soldiers who didn’t return

Indiana Veterans' Home residents spent months painting a Memory Tree honoring Indiana soldiers who didn't return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (WLFI Photo)
Indiana Veterans' Home residents spent months painting a Memory Tree honoring Indiana soldiers who didn't return from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. (WLFI Photo)

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A memory tree painted by veterans honors Indiana soldiers who lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

About 125 veterans at the Indiana Veterans’ Home came together to create the painting, which was unveiled Wednesday morning. Veterans used their thumb prints to create 211 leaves with the names of the 211 Hoosiers who sacrificed their lives.

Veterans’ Home Superintendent Linda Sharp said the home has never done anything like this before, but the veterans wanted to do something to remember them.

“They don’t want them to be forgotten and that was the big thing,” said Sharp. “They made the ultimate sacrifice. They said ‘We fought the war. We got to come home and these sodliers did not.’ They wanted us to have something to remember them by.”

The painting took a couple of months to create and currently hangs in MacArthur Hall.

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