World War One memorial tree planted

McNab veterans gather to remember

HEMPSTEAD COUNTY, Ar - In Hempstead County Tuesday morning, veterans and community leaders gathered to plant a World War One memorial tree in McNab.

A small amount of soil from France was placed in the ground along with the two year old willow oak tree.  The trees are planted in memory of over seventy-one thousand Arkansans who served during the war.  More than twenty-one hundred died while in service. 

McNab Mayor James Conway said, "There's a lot of history here, and then we have approximately thirty-five veterans here in our city.  It means quite a bit for them because they served our country well and not only did they serve their country, they served in our community quite well."

The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansans are donating the trees to be planted in 2017 and 2018 in remembrance of those who served.  The goal is to have a memorial tree in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties by the time the commemoration concludes at the end of 2018. The Arkansas Forestry Commission is providing 75 two-year-old willow oak trees for the project.

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