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

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. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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