Honor a Veteran by Planting a Tree

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Veteran’s Day is a time to honor and thank all military personnel who have served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. Established in the wake of World War I, the original intent of the holiday was to celebrate world peace and was originally called “Armistice Day.”  On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 was when the armistice agreement was signed to end WW I. President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation commemorating November 11 as Armistice Day in 1919 and in 1938 it was named a national holiday (Veteran’s Day) to say “Thank You” to all the men and women who have served in our armed forces to defend the United States of America.

This Veterans Day, honor the legacy of a veteran from your family by planting a tree as a living tribute to say “Thank You,’  while also beautifying the landscape and helping with conservation stewardship. To receive your FREE Norway Spruce seedling(s) please go to one of the locations at times listed below on November 11, 2022.

Norway spruceNorway Spruce, the fastest growing of the spruces, develops strong graceful branches that are covered with dark green needles. Ideal windbreaker and supports a variety of wildlife. They are important as winter cover for deer and small game. Song birds and fur bearers also frequent these forest types. 

Once your tree is big enough, it will make a great outdoor living Christmas Tree. Decorate it with lights and share the spirit of the season with your neighbors!

FREE Tree Seedling Give-Away – November 11, 2022!

  • Swain County Heritage Museum
    (255 Main Street) at Veteran’s Monument in Bryson City
    10:00 a.m.–Noon
  • Mark Watson Park
    at Constitution Square in Sylva
    2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

For more information please call Jackson and Swain County Extension Director Robert J. Hawk at 586-4009 or 488-3848, robert_hawk@ncsu.edu.