There were a great many trees planted in the 1920’s and 30’s to recognize persons who died in World War 1.  There is a poignant quality about living memorials that surpasses that of statues or tablets. However, trees don’t live forever. In the future we may look at some of these memorials, groves or even small forests that have died away in the ensuing 90 years or so.

Here’s a link about a very ambitious project in the United Kingdom to re-start their living memorials.

James (“Jim”) Patton BS BA MPA is a retired state official from Shawnee, Kansas and a frequent contributor to several WW1 e-publications, including "Roads to the Great War," "St. Mihiel Tripwire," "Over the Top" and "Medicine in the First World War." He has spent many hours walking the WW1 battlefields, and is also an authority on British regiments and a collector of their badges. An Army Engineer during the Vietnam War, he does work for the US World War 1 Centennial Commission and has memberships in the WW1 Historical Association, the Western Front Association, the Indian Military Historical Society and the Salonika Campaign Society.