Tree planting honors fallen soldiers at Battle of Gettysburg

Written by Craig Layne and Radio Pennsylvania | May 21, 2013 4:00 AM
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(Gettysburg) -- A special tree-planting ceremony today in Adams County will honor fallen soldiers and mark the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.

It's part of the Living Legacy Project of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.

The group wants to plant or dedicate 620,000 trees in the 180-mile swath of land from Gettysburg to Charlottesville, Virginia, an area seen as significant to the Civil War.

Partnership President Cate Magennis Wyatt says the trees honor every soldier who died in the war.

"It does so by creating a more beautiful place in what was otherwise the largest concentration of battlefields in the country," Wyatt says.

Two new trees will be planted at the ceremony at the Lutheran Theological Seminary and Seminary Ridge Museum in Gettysburg.

Another so-called "witness" tree will be given a special tag.

People with smartphones will be able to scan the tag on the tree that stood during the July, 1863 battle.

Wyatt says the entire project comes with a $65 million price tag.

"I often hear people say, '$65 million to plant trees?!'" Wyatt muses. "My response is, 'no, we're raising $100 to honor each of the 620,000 men who died,' and that is nothing, it's quite achievable," she says.

The partnership is still raising funds for the project.

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