22 years ago, in a shiny new mall in downtown Syracuse, the central library set up housekeeping. But where department stores and food courts once enticed visitors, now offices and specialty shops hang their shingles and dramatic changes have also taken place in the library
“When this library opened, there were 30 librarians,” said Elizabeth Daily, Executive Director of the Onondaga County Public Library System. “They spent time doing things like filing cards. Now we have 17 librarians. The work that takes up their time is totally different."
Leonard Bernard was a platoon leader with the First Cavalry Division and saw plenty of action.
"I saw a lot of combat," said Bernard. "We had 96 guys in my company and in 6 months 48 were killed."
It was June 20, 1967 when he suffered massive head and chest injuries while fighting in the jungles of Vietnam. He spent the next year in hospitals and was finally able to come home. At that time, the anti-war movement was escalating with everyone from college students to celebrities criticizing the government for a war that seemed unwinnable.