For Immediate Release
Independence National Historical Park Tree Planting Ceremony – Join Us!
WASHINGTON, DC – On June 28, 2017, DAR announced a $380,000 donation to the National Park Service to underwrite the planting and ongoing care of 76 trees at Independence National Historical Park in honor of the Spirit of '76 that inspired the colonists to declare their independence. This is the first major gift to the nation in honor of the United States Semiquincentennial in 2026.
The 76 trees at Independence National Historical Park will be planted over the next several years and mature as the nation approaches 2026 and its 250th anniversary. To celebrate the DAR’s donation and to launch the project, the National Park Service will host an official ceremony in the park behind Independence Hall.
The DAR and the National Park Service invite members and the public to attend a ceremonial tree planting on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Independence National Historical Park behind Independence Hall at 6th & Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.
The ceremony will include remarks by the Acting Superintendent of Independence National Historical Park, the DAR, the National Park Service, the City of Philadelphia and USA250 as we break ground for the planting of the first of the 76 trees.
If you can’t join us in person in Philadelphia on November 7, be sure to follow along with DAR on Facebook (www.facebook.com/TodaysDAR) for photos and updates of the ceremony!
DAR Tree Planting Ceremony
Independence National Historical Park
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Location: behind Independence Hall
at 6th & Chestnut Street
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Daughters of the American Revolution
The National Society Daughters of the American Revolution was founded in 1890 to preserve the memory and spirit of those who contributed to securing American independence. For more than 125 years, the DAR has strived to bring awareness to the honorable sacrifices and enduring legacy of all patriots who fought for America’s freedom. Through the DAR Genealogical Research System (www.dar.org/GRS), the public can access a free database of information amassed by the DAR about these patriots. DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical women’s service organization with more than 185,000 members in approximately 3,000 chapters worldwide. Any woman 18 years or older, regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from a patriot of the American Revolution is eligible for membership. DAR members passionately carry out the timeless mission of promoting historic preservation, education and patriotism. To learn more about the work of today’s DAR, visit www.dar.org.