The Army Times reports that the organization Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership will be planting 620,000 trees between Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Charlotte Virginia to commemorate the lives lost during the Civil War, 150 years ago.
The project will showcase four types of trees, all in the red family, the color symbolizing courage and bravery: red bud, red oak, red maple and red cedar. The trees will be geotagged, and visitors can access information about each soldier represented, when available, including photos, diaries and records from the 1860s.
According to the National Park Service, half of the Civil War’s fallen soldiers remain unknown, but even those without records will have a tree dedicated in their honor, Butcher says.
“It’s so present because of all the American men and women who were killed in the recent battles. I try to imagine what it’d be like if 150 years from now nobody ever paid any respect to them. The time separation … between today and the Civil War should be irrelevant.”
The Journey through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Project says that each tree will cost them about $100 – quite a daunting project.
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