During this country's most defining moment, 620,000 soldiers died, many of whom fought on the battlefields within the JTHG National Heritage Area. As a living commemoration for their individual and combined sacrifices, the Living Legacy project will plant one tree for each citizen who sacrificed their life.The Living Legacy Project will create a unified color palette that reminds visitors that they are, indeed, on hallowed ground. Upon completion, this initiative will create the first 180 mile landscaped allee in the world and the only allee dedicated to honoring the most defining moment in American history.
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A signature palette of seasonal trees and plantings, including redbuds, red oaks, red maple, and red cedar have been selected to represent the courage and valor of the individuals being honored with this project. A secondary palette, including canopy and understory trees, evergreens, shrubs, and ground coverings, will also feature red as a predominant color, with plantings including black gum trees, sassafras, and winterberry. The native selection is appropriate to the diverse landscapes along this historic corridor, and remains sensitive to the local ecology, scenic views, and development patterns.
The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is actively engaged in raising the necessary funds to complete this $65 million initiative. Individuals, businesses, schools, and community groups from around the world can contribute to this project. The JTHG Partnership is seeking $100 contributions to support and plant each tree. Donors may select a soldier to honor, as the trees will be geo-tagged to allow Smart Phone users to learn the story of the soldier, providing a strong educational component to engage interest in the region’s historical heritage and literally bringing the tree to life.
Donate $100 to dedicate a tree for one of the fallen today.
One of the ways The Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership helps students develop an appreciation for the past and a responsibility for the future is through its groundbreaking service learning programs. The Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student™ Program is a nationally recognized, award-winning program that offers students a full immersion in American history and heritage. Middle School students find themselves onsite at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, bringing the stories of those who came before them to life in videos that they write, produce, shoot, and edit themselves. The resulting mini-movies, or Vodcasts, become part of the official interpretive materials at partnering National Parks. You donation is essential to helping kids learn about the history in their own backyards!
Journey Camp is our innovative, award-winning summer camp where middle school students join the Journey Through Hallowed Ground “Intelligence Agency”. After receiving their top-secret briefing packets, agents are ready to accept their mission.
Agents literally canoe, bike and walk in the footsteps of the great leaders from this region that came before them. During their exploration, we ask them the question, “what does leadership mean to you?” Using cutting edge technology, students create vodcasts using the experience of iconic figures to answer this question. Your support helps the JTHG Partnership continue offering camp scholarships to local kids who want to learn more!