ESTHER SHORT — The Fort Vancouver chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution were joined by the Vancouver chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of the Colonial Dames 17th Century Hannah Mayhew Daggett Chapter for a tree planting and dedication May 22 at Esther Short Park.
The Sons of the American Revolution dedicated a Liberty Tree to honor early veterans. The Daughters of the American Revolution’s tree was christened the Patriot Tree, and the Colonial Dames dedicated a Unity Tree. Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle was the keynote speaker for the event, along with the regent and presidents of the local chapters.
The dedication was made possible by the city’s Witness Tree program, which encourages sponsors of trees throughout the city.
“It’s fitting that the city chose an elm tree as our Liberty Tree,” said Jeff Lightburn, president of the Fort Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution. “On Memorial Day, we remember all veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice in service of our country — and it all started with those brave men and women who served during the American Revolution.”