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Blue Ridge Mountains DAR honors Arbor Day with trees at Ralph Stout Park

Ralph Stout Tree Planting
Mountain City resident Izzy Lewis, 10 is joined by her brothers Ezra, 4 and Colin, 2 in planting a one of four trees at Ralph Stout Park. The event was sponsored by the Blue Ridge Mountains Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter for Arbor day. Photo by Tamas Mondovics

By Tamas Mondovics

The Blue Ridge Mountains Daughters of the American Revolution Chapter joined forces with the Johnson County Vocational School, the Soil Conservation Department and the Town of Mountain City for a special event last week. The group planed four trees at the Ralph Stout Park in observance of Arbor Day held at the end of this month.

Organized by members of the local DAR Chapter the small group gathered at Ralph Stout Park with teacher Thomas Boyd and student Dawson Cress from the Johnson County Vocational School to plant four redbud trees. Members in attendance included Martha Elvidge, Maggie Lewis, Mary Nave, Janet Payne, Rosemary Stanbery, Carolyn Roberts, Jane Winters, as well as prospective member Mary Shull. The Soil Conservation Department donated to the redbud trees.

Arbor Day is a holiday dedicated to celebrating and caring for trees. J. Sterling Morton, Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland was the founder of Arbor Day which was first observed on April 10, 1872, in Nebraska when more than 1 million trees were planted.Today, Arbor Day–the name derived from Latin, meaning tree–is observed by many countries throughout the world in the spring and across the United States in April. This year Arbor Day is observed on April 28.

The Daughters of the American Revolution is a service organization dedicated to patriotism, education, and historic preservation. Membership is open to women over the age of 18 who are lineal descendants of patriots of the American Revolutionary War. The Johnson County Blue Ridge Mountains Chapter was organized in November 2017.