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Friday, April 29, 2016

Arbor Day -first Star rededication of the Washington Elm Tree & Plaque by 21st Star NSDAR

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Front Entrance of MAINE EAST HIGH SCHOOL
2601 W. Dempster Street
Park Ridge, IL , 60068



Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and their importance to provide shelter, stabilization for the ground, and beauty to the beholder. ----- There will be a rededication of the Washington Elm Tree and plaque by Twenty-first Star NSDAR Chapter Regent, Gail Enault; former Chapter Regent, Joy Martin, and Maine East Principal, Dr. Mike Pressler. The ceremony will be held on Arbor Day, April 29th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the front entrance of Maine East High School in Park Ridge.

Arbor Day is a celebration of trees and their importance to provide shelter, stabilization for the ground, and beauty to the beholder. 

There will be a rededication of the Washington Elm Tree and plaque by Twenty-first Star Chapter Regent, Gail Enault; former Chapter Regent, Joy Martin, and Maine East Principal, Dr. Mike Pressler. 

The ceremony will be held on Arbor Day, April 29th, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.
at the front entrance of Maine East High School
2601 W. Dempster Street, Park Ridge, IL

Beginning as early as 1830, it became legend that under this elm tree General George Washington first took command of the American Army on July 3, 1775 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The original tree was felled in 1924 because of its declining health. The mayor of Cambridge had the tree cut into blocks and pieces of varying sizes and sent them all over the country to noteworthy people. Slips of the tree were also sent to schools across America to be planted as living reminders of United States history. How many survived, is unknown. In 1932, the Twenty-first Star Chapter NSDAR, then named the Park Ridge Chapter, participated in a national celebration of the Bicentennial of George Washington’s birthday by planting and marking with bronze plaques four elm trees propagated from the original Washington elm. One was planted at Main East High School. In 2012 the Maine East Washington Elm Tree also began dying of disease and old age and had to be destroyed. Then Regent of Twenty-first Star Chapter, Joy Martin, challenged the members to take a few seeds gathered by Park Ridge City Forester, Tony Gliot, from the dying Washington Elm Tree and try to germinate them. He gave those seeds to, Bonnie J. Reese, for her husband, Jim Reese, to try to germinate. The Reeses were successful in getting the seeds to grow providing trees for the rededication ceremony at Maine East.

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