Liberty Elm to be planted to honor veterans

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In recognition of Veterans Day, a Liberty Elm will be dedicated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, on the grounds of the Loomis Library, which is located behind Veterans Memorial Hall. Veterans Day is Thursday, Nov. 11. Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes and members of the Placer County Veterans Advisory Group will conduct the ceremony and invite community participation. “The Liberty Tree honors the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, and reminds us of the need to be vigilant in protecting them,” Holmes said. The memorial will include a special plaque that recounts the history of Boston’s Liberty Elm, an American elm, which was the rallying place for the Sons of Liberty in the American Revolution. The plaque will be mounted on a granite boulder that was transferred from the Griffith Quarry in Penryn. The tree planting was funded by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute that is helping communities plant disease-resistant American elms to commemorate the country’s founding and its freedoms. According to the Elm Research Institute, the Liberty Tree was one of this country’s first symbols of freedom. On the morning of Aug. 14, 1775, the people of Boston awakened to discover two effigies suspended from an elm tree in protest of the hated Stamp Act. From that day forward, that elm became known as the Liberty Tree. For the next 10 years, it was used for countless meetings, speeches and celebrations, and often served as the rallying point for the Sons of Liberty. In August of 1775, as a last act of violence prior to their evacuation of Boston, British soldiers cut it down because it bore the name “Liberty.” — Staff report