November 1, 2022
NPL’s “Salute to Service” display gives friends and families of U.S. service members a way to show their appreciation
This November, the Nashua Public Library invites the community to celebrate its veterans by placing photographs or names on a “Salute to Service” flag display for public recognition and as an opportunity to acknowledge a veteran’s service.
The flag is a hand-painted poster display crafted by the library’s Assistant Librarian of Programming and Marketing, Holly Klump, over several days. “With each brush stroke and star I cut out, I found myself reflecting on not only the symbolism of our flag but the meaning of service,” said Klump. “In particular, I thought of my own Father, a Navy Veteran during the Vietnam War, and the sacrifices he made for our country. I hope this display allows other families to take time to recognize their loved ones’ contributions,” said Klump, “and show them how much they appreciate their service.”
Community members who want to participate can visit the library’s display on the main floor and either write the Veteran’s name on the paper ribbon or bring a small photo and attach it to the flag with double-sided tape. The paper ribbons and double-sided tape will be available at the display. Images will not be returned and should not be originals. Anyone who would like to participate but can’t make it to the library can email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name or photo of their loved one to have it added by a librarian.
Veterans do not have to be from Nashua to be included. Veterans can also write their own names on the display.
The first Veteran posted on the display was the library’s former maintenance supervisor of 33 years, Larry Case. Case was a proud Army veteran who passed away unexpectedly in April 2022.
The Nashua Public Library supports veterans and their families throughout the year by providing information, resources, and referrals to help them find the correct information at the right time. These services range from job search and computer skills training to assistance in obtaining benefits. Any veteran with questions on these services can visit the library, call (603) 589-4600, or email email@example.com for more details.