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Five Trees Planted at Arlington National Cemetery For Arbor Day
Five Trees Planted at Arlington National Cemetery For Arbor Day

In celebration of Arbor Day, which takes place on Friday, April 27 nationally and internationally, Arlington National Cemetery planted five tree saplings throughout the cemetery placing three at the John F. Kennedy gravesite.

Three immature trees were planted at the John F. Kennedy gravesite to replace the historic “Arlington Oak” that once stood there, but fell during Hurricane Irene in August 2011.

Luckily, several years ago, without realizing what the future holds, a non-profit organization collected acorns from the 220-year-old oak tree. 

“We collected seeds off the site in order to get saplings. At the time, I didn’t know the tree would only be there for five more years,” explained Arlington National Cemetery’s urban forester, Steve Van Hoven.

The non-profit donated the five saplings to Arlington earlier this year, and Friday, were planted around the cemetery. One tree sapling was planted in section 36 near the Custis Walk, one in section 26 near the Old Amphitheater, and three saplings near the Kennedy gravesites.

“Arlington National Cemetery is hallowed ground and we have a large quantity of historic trees that line the site. We thought it would be nice to plant the saplings today in observance of Arbor Day, and to honor our veterans,” said Van Hoven.

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