One Tree for Every Fallen Soldier

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“The Living Legacy Tree Planting Program touched me when I read about it in the USA Today. Such a noble tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice. How could anyone not want to contribute to such a movement? ‘The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time is today’ (Chinese proverb). 620,000 trees may seem daunting but the cause is worthy and achievable.”

– Mike Dirr, Ph.D and professor of horticulture at the University of Georgia

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“The Journey Through Hallowed Ground….should be celebrated, and it is incumbent upon us to hold sacred these historic resources and share them with all of America and the World. This land has been inspirational to American leaders for hundreds of years and this private-public sector initiative continues a tradition that speaks to the core of what I hold dear - our American values.”

– Frank R. Wolf, U.S. Congressman (VA-10)

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.