Database to help public find veterans' place on wall
The Indiana County War Memorial Wall, between the Indiana Free Library and the Indiana County Court House, is built of commemorative bricks honoring the men and women from Indiana County who gave their lives and fortunes in military service so that others may have freedom.
The beige bricks list the names and branch of military service of the veterans, and the time periods they served. The wall was dedicated on July 4, 2001.
But there are 2,062 of the bricks, and it can take some time for a vet’s relative or friend to locate a particular commemorative brick in the display.
So, in observance of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, the Indiana Free Library will introduce BrickFind, a free, searchable database to help in locating a specific veteran’s commemorative brick.
Lauri Steffy, technology librarian at the library, said BrickFind was conceived and developed on a database on the library’s website at www.indianafreelibrary.org. Blairsville Mayor Ron Evanko helped with the project by providing a spreadsheet of the names on the bricks and by dividing them into sections and rows on the wall.
Steffy said a map may be added to the database to also aid in locating a brick more quickly.
The library’s Armed Forces Day observance will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday. Wesley Wertz, commander of the American Legion Post 141, will speak about the importance of remembering military veterans. And Kate Geiger, the library’s director, will share the inspiration and development of BrickFind.
There will then be a demonstration of BrickFind and a reception will be held in the community room on the second floor of the library following the ceremony outside.
The Boy Scouts of Troop 29 will be on hand to assist and guide guests.
In addition to the library’s website, more information on BrickFind is available by calling the library at (724) 465-8841.
(Tom Peel/Gazette photo)