Leesburg, VA (February 28, 2013) – A Living Legacy Project has been established to honor with a tree each of the Civil War soldiers who died in the conflict. Trees will be planted or existing trees dedicated for each of the soldiers in communities along the 180-mile stretch from Gettysburg, PA to Monticello, VA. This living memorial will be composed of 620,000 trees, beautifying miles of landscape, and helping to scrub the air of carbon dioxide and particulates, and stabilize soils.
Organized through the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, each tree will be geotagged so that visitors with Smart Phones can learn the story of the soldier the tree represents. The Living Legacy Project is expected to cost a total of $65 million when finished. The project is being financed through private contributions, in which individuals can also help by donating $100 for a tree.
The first, of 400, trees were planted at the Oatlands estate in a special ceremony on November 12, 2012. Oatlands, a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is located just south of Leesburg, VA. That leaves another 610,600 trees to complete the vision.
The Inaugural Tree, emblazoned with its special A0001 medallion, was dedicated to an “Unknown” soldier as so many of those 620,000 lay in graves either without markers or markers that bear the sad word “Unknown’.