Want a perfect way to combine your love of trees and honor our country’s heroes? Take a tree walk on your own or with out of town visitors in the Arlington National Cemetery. There are more than 8500 trees throughout the 624 acres that provide shad and tranquility, and 140 are marked as memorial trees. Maps identifying the trees are available at the website at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/docs/ANC_Memorial_Map_Trees.pdf.
An additional 36 Memorial Trees serve as a living tribute to the nation’s Medal of Honor recipients and each tree is a descendent of a historic tree. Abraham Lincoln is honored with an Overcup Oak descended from the oak shading the Kentucky home where he was born, a descendent of the Water Oak Helen Keller climbed as a child is planted in her honor, and an American Holly descendent of Mount Vernon honors George Washington. This tree walk provides a history lesson as well as a chance to identify tree species not often seen in our area. The map is at http://www.arlingtoncemetery.mil/docs/MOH_Memorial_Trees.pdf