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The Memorial Tree Program, part of our efforts to commemorate the World War I Centennial, plants trees across the country to serve as living reminders of the soldiers and citizens who served on both small and large scales across the country and around the world during World War I. Participants in the program will receive a “Tree Tag,” to be installed at the site of the tree dedication, that will permanently display the details of the commemoration. Memorial Trees will also be included on the Memorial Tree Program Digital Map, maintained by Saving Hallowed Ground and visible below. 

The original Memorial Tree Program began in 1914 and continued into the post-war years. The program planted Oak trees around the world to commemorate the sacrifices of soldiers during The Great War. The first memorial tree planting occurred on August 29, 1914, when an English Oak (Quercus robur) was planted and dedicated at Creswell Gardens in Adelaide, Australia.

Saving Hallowed Ground’s Memorial Tree Program follows and revives this original memorial program, recognizing the contributions of both soldiers and citizens at home and abroad during the World War I era. Saving Hallowed Ground planted its first Memorial Tree on September 11, 2016, at Veterans Park in Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA.  This White Swamp Oak (Quercus bicolor) was dedicated to Wayne American Legion Post #668, which is named after John Bateman and Edward Gallagher, both of whom died serving in World War I.

Saving Hallowed Ground is happy to work with individuals and organizations at any stage, whether you are just getting started or are ready to plant. We can help you identify and recruit potential partners and assist in the coordination of your event. Sponsor a Memorial Tree in your community for a donation of $250 for a "directed" tree planting (including a presence by Saving Hallowed Ground), or of $110 for a "remote" tree planting. Sponsors receive a tree tag which will permanently display the details of the commemoration. Production of the tree tag typically takes about 6 weeks. Details about the Saving Hallowed Ground Memorial Tree Program are provided in our guide which can be downloaded by clicking on the PDF icon below.

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