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 in Southeast Arkansas.
Successful applicants and proposed locations were:
• Sheridan School District, Sheridan Intermediate School
• Bradley County Historical Museum and Veterans Museum, at the Bradley County Historical Museum, Warren
• Mississippi River State Park, Marianna
• Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative, SWAEC District Office, Bradley.
The committee and commission are seeking to place a WWI Memorial Tree in all of Arkansas 75 counties before the centennial observance of the war concludes at the end of 2018. Counties that still don’t have tree sponsors are Ashley, Dallas, Little River, Ouachita, Poinsett and Yell.
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 make sure someone cares for it. The WWI Committee will provide soil from the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery in France to be included in the planting.
The committee is urging partnerships of local governments, Scout troops, American Legion posts, public libraries and others to sponsor and plant a WWI memorial tree. 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.
Details: http://www.wwiarkansas.com/ or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.