Volunteers plant trees to honor Civil War soldiers

Trees lined out for planting in Gettysburg, Pa.

GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Volunteers planted trees Monday in historic Gettysburg to honor fallen Civil War soldiers. About 250 artists and volunteers from the Vans Warped Tour, a musical festival with Indie artists, planted the trees for their service project.

This will be the first project in the world to feature a 180-mile pathway of trees. The project will go from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia to the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage area in Gettysburg.

“These are 250 volunteers coming today to Gettysburg just to leave their fingerprints on the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area and making it better for their presence,” said Cate Magennis Wyatt, founding president of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.

Each tree represents one of the 620,000 Civil War soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice. It will be geotagged with the soldier’s name, where he was born and died, and his life’s story.

“It’s important to us and to so many people that we bring to the forefront the importance of their lives and that it be remembered. That’s what we intend to do with this wonderful planting,” said Peter Hart, chief arborist with the Living Legacy Tree Project.

Some species of trees include junipers and red maples to show the valor of Civil War soldiers.

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