World War I Memorial Tree Project
Through a partnership of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansans were urged to plant trees in 2017 and 2018 to remember the 71,862 Arkansans who served during the Great War, including the 2,183 who died while in service. The goal to have a memorial tree in each of Arkansas’s 75 counties by the time the commemoration concludes at the end of 2018 was achieved on March 22, 2018. The Arkansas Forestry Commission provided 75 two-year-old willow oak trees for the project.
Tree plantings were sponsored by local governments, libraries, American Legion posts, Scout troops, historical societies, service organizations, or other interested parties. The trees are planted in public spaces, such as courthouse squares, libraries, city parks, schools, etc.
These holly trees were planted as WWI Memorial trees following the Great War to honor the six Henderson State University Doughboys who died during the conflict.
Once the tree was acquired, sponsors hosted planting ceremonies which were often attended by a member of the Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee and the Arkansas Forestry Commission. The Arkansas World War I Centennial Commemoration Committee provided soil from the Meuse-Argonne National Cemetery in France to be added when the trees were planted. The ceremonies were included as official Arkansas WWI Centennial Commemoration events at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/calendar-events. All trees planted will be included as an official WWI Site at http://www.wwiarkansas.com/sites-memorials.html.
Tree-Care Tips from the Arkansas Forestry Commission: Applicants agree to provide aftercare for the trees. Do not fertilize at planting time. Water regularly throughout the first growing season (about once a week unless significant rainfall is received), but do not overwater. Keep lawn mowers and string trimmers away from tree to avoid wounding bark. Only prune dead or injured branches at time of planting. Do not plant flowers or cultivate soil directly under tree.
Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If more than one application is received from a county, the subsequent applications will be placed on file in case additional saplings become available. The priority is to have one World War I Memorial Tree in each county.
The successful applicants, by county, for World War I Memorial Tree sponsorship are listed below.
Inaugural Tree, Old State House Museum, 300 West Markham, Little Rock, dedicated September 23, 2017.
Arkansas County: City of Saint Charles (sponsor), Saint Charles City Park/Museum; 608 Broadway; Saint Charles.
Ashley: Crossett Public Library (sponsor), Crossett Public Library; 1700 S. Main St.; Crossett.
Baxter County: City of Cotter (sponsor), North Arkansas Youth Center, 412 Powell Ave, Cotter.
Benton County: City of Garfield (sponsor), Garfield City Park "Hamilton Park"
Boone County: City of Omaha (sponsor), Omaha City Hall, Omaha.
Bradley County: Bradley County Historical Museum and Veterans Museum (sponsors), Bradley County Historical Museum, Warren.
Calhoun County: City of Thornton (sponsor),Thornton City Park, Thornton.
Carroll County: Green Forest Public Library (sponsor), behind Green Forest Public Library at 206 East Main Street.
Chicot County: American Legion Post 7 (sponsor), across from Lakeside High School, Lake Village.
Clark County: Clark County Historical Association (sponsor), Clark County Courthouse, Arkadelphia.
Clay County: Hemingway-Pfeiffer Museum and Education Center (sponsor), at the museum, Piggott.
Cleburne County: City of Greers Ferry (sponsor), Greers Ferry City Park
Cleveland County: re-New-ing Edinburg (sponsor), New Edinburg Veterans Park.
Columbia County: South Arkansas Heritage Museum and Southern Arkansas University (sponsors), Southern Arkansas University campus, Magnolia.
Conway County: Conway County Library (sponsor), Conway County Library, 101 West Church Street, Morrilton.
Craighead County: Dean B. Ellis Library (sponsor), Dean B. Ellis Library, Arkansas State University, Jonesboro.
Crawford County: City of Rudy (sponsor), Rudy City Park.
Crittenden County: West Memphis City Council (sponsor), West Memphis Public Library
Cross County: Cross County Veterans Memorial Committee (sponsor), Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery, Birdeye.
Dallas County: Dallas County Library (sponsor), behind Dallas County Sports Museum, Fordyce.
Desha County: City of Arkansas City (sponsor), City Park, Arkansas City
Drew County: Monticello Boy Scout Troop 67 and Cub Scout Pack 69 (sponsors), Drew County Courthouse, Monticello.
Faulkner County: Museum of Veterans and Military History (sponsor), Museum of Veterans and Military History, 53 N. Mt. Olive, Vilonia.
Franklin County: Franklin County (sponsor),Franklin County Courthouse, 211 W Commercial St, Ozark.
Fulton County: City of Mammoth Spring (sponsor), Mammoth Spring City Park, Mammoth Spring.
Garland County: City of Hot Springs (sponsor), Downtown Hot Springs Veterans Memorial.
Grant County: Sheridan School District (sponsor), Sheridan Intermediate School.
Greene County: Paragould Regional Chamber of Commerce (sponsor), Old Greene County Courthouse, Paragould.
Hempstead County: City of McNab (sponsor), McNab City Park.
Hot Spring County: Hot Spring County and Hot Spring County Historical Society (sponsors), Hot Spring County Courthouse, 210 Locust, Malvern.
Howard County: City of Nashville (sponsor), Nashville City Park, Nashville.
Independence County: City of Pleasant Plains (sponsor), 6484 Main Street, Pleasant Plains.
Izard County: City of Melbourne (sponsor), Veterans Memorial Wall, 105 Haley Street, Melbourne.
Jackson County: Newport Regional Airport & Jackson Co. Historical Society (sponsors), Newport Regional Airport, 3800 N. Operations Dr., Newport.
Jefferson County: Pine Bluff John McAlmont Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution (sponsor), Graceland Cemetery Veterans Section, Pine Bluff.
Johnson County: Johnson County (sponsor), Johnson County Courthouse, Clarksville.
Lafayette County: Southwest Arkansas Electric Cooperative (sponsor), SWAEC Bradley District Office, Bradley.
Lawrence County: Lawrence County (sponsor), Lawrence County Courthouse, Walnut Ridge.
Lee County: Mississippi River State Park (sponsor), Mississippi River State Park, Marianna.
Lincoln County: Star City (sponsor), Veteran's Park, 20578 US Hwy. 425 South, Star City
Little River County: Little River County (sponsor), Little River County Courthouse, Ashdown.
Logan County: Logan County (sponsor), Logan County Courthouse, 366 North Broadway, Booneville.
Lonoke County: Lonoke County (sponsor), Lonoke County Courthouse, 301 N Center St, Lonoke.
Madison County: Madison County Public Library (sponsor), Madison County Public Library, Huntsville.
Marion County: City of Flippin (sponsor), Hickey Park, Flippin.
Miller County: City of Texarkana (sponsor), 350 E Front St, Texarkana
Mississippi County: Mississippi County Library System (sponsor), Herman Davis State Park, Manila.
Monroe County: City of Clarendon (sponsor), Clarendon Visitors Center
Montgomery County: City of Norman (sponsor), Norman Town Square.
Nevada County: City of Prescott (sponsor), City of Prescott Walking Trail.
Newton County: City of Jasper (sponsor), Bradley Park, Jasper.
Ouachita County: Ouachita County (sponsor), Ouachita County Courthouse, Camden.
Perry County: Central Arkansas Library System (sponsor), Max Milam Library, Perryville.
Phillips County: Marvell Civic Club(sponsor), Marvell Park, Marvell.
Pike County: City of Murfreesboro (sponsor), Murfreesboro City Hall/Pike County Library
Poinsett County: Poinsett County (sponsor), Poinsett County Courthouse, Harrisburg.
Polk County: Town of Hatfield (sponsor), Hatfield Municipal Park.
Pope County: River Valley Veterans Coalition (sponsor), Bona Dea Trail, Russellville.
Prairie County: City of Hazen (sponsor), Hazen City Park.
Pulaski County: Pulaski County Historical Society (sponsor), MacArthur Park, Little Rock
Randolph County: City of Pocahontas and Five Rivers Historic Preservation, Inc. (sponsors), Black River Overlook Park, Pocahontas.
St. Francis County: Forrest City Public Library (sponsor), Dennis Memorial Park, Forrest City.
Saline County: City of Bryant (sponsor), Bishop Park, Bryant.
Scott County: City of Waldron (sponsor), Waldron City Park .
Searcy County: City of Leslie (sponsor), Leslie FUN Park.
Sebastian County: University of Arkansas–Fort Smith (sponsor), University of Arkansas–Fort Smith.
Sevier County: City of Horatio (sponsor), Horatio Cemetery.
Sharp County: City of Ash Flat (sponsor), Ash Flat Veterans Memorial, Ash Flat.
Stone County: Stone County Honor Guard (sponsor), Mountain View City Park, Mountain View.
Union County: Barton Library (sponsor), American Legion Post 10, El Dorado.
Van Buren County: Van Buren County (sponsor), Van Buren County Public Library, Clinton.
Washington County: Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, University of Arkansas (sponsor), Campus Arboretum, Fayetteville.
White County: City of Searcy (sponsor), Spring Park at 113 E Pleasure Ave, Searcy.
Woodruff County: City of McCrory (sponsor), Memorial Park at 523 Edmonds Ave., McCrory.
Yell County: Dardanelle Rotary Club (sponsor), Merritt Park, Dardanelle.