War Memorial at the Public Library
When the Main Library opened in 1955, the Library designated the new building as a War Memorial to honor Hamilton County servicemen and women who gave their lives for their country. A bronze floor plaque of the Great Seal of the United States of America near the Library's entrance dedicated the building as a shrine to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
On Memorial Day that same year, the Library commemorated those men and women by creating and displaying a finely bound book of Homage to Those Who Gave Their Lives to Keep Us Free, listing the names of the fallen servicemen and women, starting with World War I and continuing through the Korean War. On Veterans Day, 2011 as part of the Library's annual Veterans Day Commemoration, the Library dedicated a second volume, listing names of servicewomen and servicemen from Hamilton County who died during the wars in Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Both volumes are bound in goatskin with the Great Seal embossed in gold on the cover and permanently exhibited in a memorial case also displaying the 800 pound bell from the Navy Cruiser, the USS Cincinnati, as well as uniforms, medals, maps, newspapers and memorabilia paying tribute to our nation's heroes.