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Annual Arbor Day Celebration in Old Town Manassas Features George Carr Round

The 27th annual Arbor Day Celebration, presented by the City of Manassas Beautification Committee, will be held on Fri., Apr. 29 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the Old Courthouse lawn in Old Town Manassas, featuring guest speaker, George Carr Round, a Union Army Signal Corps veteran, played by Doug Nelson of Prince William County, Va.  Round was significant in creating the town of Manassas and organized the 1911 Peace Jubilee. Round will also be at the National Peace Jubilee event on Thurs., July 21 at the Old Courthouse lawn. The Arbor Day Celebration is sponsored by the City of Manassas Utilities Department and is FREE to the public. For more information, call 703.361.6599 or go to www.visitmanassas.org.

In honor of Arbor Day, the City of Manassas will plant two Willow Oak trees at the event and announce the winners of the Arbor Day poster contest. Poster entries were accepted from Manassas City elementary school students. The top three winners will be chosen from each grade and their posters will be displayed at the event. Each winner receives a trophy, a ribbon and a certificate. First place winners will also receive a hardwood tree for them to take home.

G.C. Round played a significant part in Manassas’s history.  He was a Union Army Signal Corps veteran and lawyer from New York, and later helped create the town of Manassas.  In 1868, after the Civil War, Round decided to seek his fortune in Virginia and settle in Manassas.  He quickly became a strong advocate of education and was appointed the town's first superintendent of public schools.  He also served as a member of the Virginia General Assembly, as a charter member of the Manassas Town Council and as town clerk.  Round organized the 1911 National Jubilee of Peace and was an advocate of the Manassas National Battlefield Park.  Round died in 1918, but had become one of the town's most beloved citizens, known for his encouragement of newcomers. 

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