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Fairbanks Noel Wein Library seeks photos for display honoring veterans

Published: Nov. 12, 2021 at 4:10 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks North Star Borough’s Noel Wein Library is seeking photos of veterans for a display to honor them.

According to Rhonda Gilbertson, a Library Assistant for the Noel Wein Library, the display is meant for community members to display and honor their family members who have served.

“We have a passive display that we do every month in the library, and we decided for November we wanted a passive display honoring Alaska’s veterans,” Gilbertson explained. “We’re the state that has the most veterans per capita of any state in the U.S. with 12% of Alaska’s population [being] veterans, and we thought this would be a really great way to honor them.”

The inspiration for the display was easy for Gilbertson, as many of her family have served in the military. “Most of the men in my family have served, so it’s always been very important to me to honor veterans, especially in current times,” she elaborated. “There’s more and more conflict happening around the world and I thought it was really important to honor the people who serve and try to keep us all safe. We’re excited for the community to learn about it and we’d love it if people could get us as many photos as they can. We’d just love to make this as big and active a display as we can every year.”

The process for submitting photos is simple, with the hope that the collection and display will grow over time.

“We’re putting up displays of veterans who have served, and just anyone who is a veteran in someone’s family, we want them to submit pictures to the library’s reference desk,” Gilbertson remarked. “They can give us a call at (907) 459-1046. Or they can email photos to us, that would be rhonda.gilbertson@FNSB.gov. Those will come to me, we’ll print the photos and put them out on a display board. Once we run out of room on the display board, we have a display case in the lobby [and] we’re hoping this can be a display every year. So our collection of photos will expand and grow each year and hopefully have a display that’s larger and larger every year, honoring more and more veterans.”

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