The City of Jefferson’s Arbor Day ceremony at the city park will be held Friday, March 6, at 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to join in the tree-planting event on Kinney Hill at the Jefferson City Park.
The event activity will then move to the end of Memorial Drive at Highway 11 where five newly planted cherry trees will be dedicated to the five Jefferson Mill workers who died in World War II. These soldiers were PFC Willard H. F. Doster, PFC Lammoth Joe Hanson, PFC Francis Marion Hollis, PFC Ostell Franklin Jarrett and Lt. Bassford Redd.
The original cherry trees were planted by Morris Bryan, Jr., to honor the WWII veterans and his mother, Mildred Bryan, was an enthusiastic supporter of this effort, helping establish a monument at the Jefferson Memorial Stadium honoring the five mill workers who lost their lives in that conflict.
This dedication will mark the beginning of the Jefferson Heritage Tree Council’s two-year project to replace the cherry trees that have died or are in declining health along Memorial Drive and circling Kinney Hill.
For additional information about Arbor Day or the cherry tree project, contact City Arborist Susan Russell at 706-201-7893 or e-mail email@example.com.
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