The Pine Bluff John McAlmont Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will sponsor a World War I Memorial Tree to be located in the Veterans Section of Graceland Cemetery at Pine Bluff.
The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission approved an application from the DAR, according to a press release.
Other successful applicants and proposed locations include: American Legion Post 7, Lake Village Community Pond, Lake Village; Madison County Public Library, at the library in Huntsville; Mississippi County Library System, Herman Davis State Park, Manila; Green Forest Public Library, behind the Green Forest Library; and Clark County Historical Association, Clark County Courthouse, Arkadelphia.
The committee and commission are seeking to place a WWI Memorial Tree in each county before the centennial observance of the Great War concludes at the end of 2018.
Through the program, the forestry commission will donate a two-year old willow oak to an organization in each county that will plant the tree in a public location and see that it is cared for, according to the release.
The WWI Committee will provide soil from the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France to be included in the planting.
The memorial trees will be included on the committee’s website at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/sites-memorials.html.
To serve as a partner for placement of a WWI Memorial Tree, potential partners should complete an application at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/wwi-memorial-trees. The trees are available on a first-come, first-served basis, with one set aside for each county.