The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission have approved six applications to sponsor World War I Memorial Trees, including two agencies in Southeast Arkansas.
Successful applicants and proposed locations in the area are re-New-ing Edinburg, New Edinburg Veterans Park; and Monticello Boy Scout Troop 67 and Cub Scout Pack 69, Drew County Courthouse, Monticello.
Other winning applicants are Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center, Piggott; City of Bryant, Bishop Park, Bryant; Van Buren County, Van Buren Public Library, Clinton; and Lawrence County, Lawrence County Courthouse, Walnut Ridge.
According to a news release, 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. Counties that still don’t have tree sponsors are Ashley, Bradley, Dallas, Grant, Lafayette, Lee, Little River, Ouachita, Poinsett, and Yell.
Through the program, the Arkansas 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, accoding to the release.
The WWI Committee will provide soil from the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France to be included in the planting.
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.
For more information on Arkansas’s commemoration of World War I, visit http://www.wwiarkansas.com/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.