American Grove

American Grove

There are only 5 surviving veterans of WWI, world-wide, ranging in age from 107 to 110. This grove was planted in Danville VA to memorialize their home town fallen WWI heroes. Each tree has a plaque bearing the name of the fallen. Like the surviving veterans, these tree are beginning to "age out". Danville is replacing these 100 year old willow oaks one-by-one as they are lost, and along with them, fresh plaques with the names of those never forgotten.

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Comment by Ed Macie on July 4, 2010 at 10:39am
I am glad they are fighting for the trees. I remember several years ago GA DOT wanted to remove the grove of memorial trees along Savannah's Victory Drive because cars might run into them. Fortunately, the folks in Savannah love their trees, and the idea didn't get very far.
Comment by Caity Raschke on July 3, 2010 at 7:40am
There's a town in Victoria Australia, called Bacchus Marsh, where there is a memorial avenue with over 200 trees with name plaques on each one representing a man who fought or died in WW1. 19 of these trees are to be removed to do roadworks. They have a facebook group - Save the Bacchus Marsh Avenue of Honour.
I went to a town in NSW called South West Rocks - beautiful town - where in teh 1970s the electricity company chopped down smoe trees in Memorial Avenue. Each of these trees represented an individual who had made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
Glad to see Danville has a respectful plan for these trees.

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