Magazine article American Forests

Millnnium Planting Commemorates D-Day

Magazine article American Forests

Millnnium Planting Commemorates D-Day

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On a sun-filled day in early June, representatives from AMERICAN FORESTS joined officials to honor World War II veterans of the Normandy Invasion by planting a Dwight D. Eisenhower Green Ash at the French Embassy in Washington, DC.

The three-ton tree, from AMERICAN FORESTS' Historic Trees collection, honors the former president who led the Allied forces to victory on D-Day. Participating were officials from the White House, U.S. Department of Agriculture, the French consulate, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Foundation.

"The Green Ash tree we are about to plant will help us and future generations remember through the seasons the price of liberty and the strength of the friendship between our two nations," said Francois Bujon de l'Estang, the French ambassador to the United States. "It will also be a symbol of our gratitude to the American people."

AMERICAN FORESTS' Historic Trees program grows and sells trees with connections to famous people or places. The 20-foot Dwight D. Eisenhower Green Ash was grown from the seeds of a tree outside Eisenhower's birthplace in Denison, Texas.

The event serves as a remembrance to those who perished at Normandy, said Deborah Gangloff, AMERICAN FORESTS' executive director. …

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