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.