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Arkansas WWI committee calls for memorial tree plantings

Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, January 30, 2017 Department of Arkansas Heritage - Monday, January 30, 2017

 

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee is urging communities across the state to plant memorial trees in public places to remember the Arkansans who served in the Great War.

In the years following the end of WWI in 1918, memorial trees were planted all over the world to remember the millions who perished during the war. More than 71,000 Arkansans served in the war, and 2,183 died. At least one stand of WWI memorial trees still exists in Arkansas: a small grove of holly trees on the campus of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.

The Committee is urging partnerships of local governments, Scout troops, American Legion posts, public libraries and others to work together and plant a WWI memorial tree in a public park, courthouse square or other appropriate location during the centennial commemoration in 2017-18, with a goal of having at least one in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties. The memorial trees will be included on the Committee’s website.

For more information on Arkansas’s commemoration of World War I, visit http://www.wwiarkansas.com/ or  send an e-mail.

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee is part of the Department of Arkansas Heritage. Other DAH agencies are the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, Arkansas Arts Council, the Delta Cultural Center in Helena, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Historic Arkansas Museum and the Arkansas State Archives.