The International World War Peace Tree is a linden tree that sits in a cornfield in the southwestern edge of Darmstadt, Indiana. It was planted at the end of World War I to serve as a reminder of Germany’s peace with the United States.
The origin of the tree goes back to Germany itself, as it was brought over as a seedling before the war by Joseph Freudenburg, a German ex-patriot. At the conclusion of the war, Freudenburg’s sister-in-law held a picnic at her farm in Indiana where the seedling was ceremoniously planted to show their loyalty to America and their dedication to building local community and harmony.
Nearly 100 years since “The War to End All Wars”, as it was called at the time this tree was planted, the International World War Peace Tree now stands strong at more than 40 feet tall.
For more information on the International World War Peace Tree visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_World_War_Peace_Tree