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For WWI centennial, aim is commemorative tree planted in all 75 Arkansas counties


The commemorative tree program is a partnership of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission.


By Jake Sandlin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Trees planted around the world a century ago served as living reminders of soldiers who died during World War I, part of a reforestation effort and a way to create distinct memorials.

During the centennial observance of "The Great War," memorial tree programs are again underway, with the goal in Arkansas to plant a specific commemorative willow oak in each of the state's 75 counties.

The state's program officially began in September and will continue through next year for the centennial observance of the United States' war involvement from April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918. Organizations in 47 counties, so far, have been approved to receive one of the memorial trees.

The commemorative tree program is a partnership of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission.

The Centennial Committee manages the program and approves applications. The Arkansas Forestry Commission supplies the trees and lends its expertise in their care. More information is available online at wwiarkansas.com/wwi-memorial-trees. Read more.

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