Memorial Tree ~ George Washington Centennial

© Photographed September 5, 2015
Erected 1932 by Kaukauna Woman's Club
Kaukauna, Outagamie County, Wisconsin
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Memorial Tree
Kaukauna Woman's Club
American Tree Association

The marker is on a grassy triangle at the intersection of Reaume Avenue, Hendricks Avenue and Whitney Street, Kaukauna, Wisconsin 54130.

WOW! This is really cool -- and the only one of these I have located in Wisconsin after photographing (at the time of this post) more than 4,500 Wisconsin historical markers.

Ten million monuments to a great man! Ten million tributes, enduring and straight-growing, which will be as evergreen as is the memory of George Washington in the hearts of 122,000,000 people,recording the fact that he is ever the "first in the hearts of his countrymen." These are not to be monoliths of marble, nor statues of static stone, or dun-colored copper and bronze, nor a eulogium written upon perishable parchment; but growing things, alive with a life emblematical of that living nation which the First President guided into being. The more significant will they be because the hands of thousands of citizens will have put them in this native soil. They are to be trees, dedicated to the "Father of Our Country." Memorials stretching across the face of the continent.

For the purpose of this remarkable celebration, Calvin Coolidge, when President, created the Bicentennial Commission. The American Tree Association is directing this gigantic task of planting 10,000,000 trees, each one indicative of a Nation's honor to the National hero . . .
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Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, the first section of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, opened in 1932, the bicentennial of the birth of the man who shaped the nation as peerless leader in the War for Independence, chairman of the Constitutional Convention, and first president of the United States.  Planned to connect Washington, DC, the capital city whose location he had selected, to Mount Vernon and the Great Falls of the Potomac River, the parkway passes over the same land Washington frequently traveled on horseback . . .

The years leading up to 1932, the Bicentennial of Washington’s birth, witnessed a strong coming together of patriotic efforts perhaps not seen since 1876. Groups and chapters lined up for the chance to do their special part to memorialize Washington . . .

One aspect of the commemorating was the planting of memorial trees.

These are also at this location:

The George Washington memorial is located in Kaukauna, Wisconsin.

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