Vancouver officials dedicate Liberty Tree

The tree was sponsored by the Ft. Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution

VANCOUVER — Most everyone has heard of America’s original Liberty Tree which stood in Boston during the American Revolution as a symbol for freedom. On May 22, Vancouver dedicated its own Liberty Tree as part of a special ceremony in Esther Short Park to salute America’s very first veterans who fought to secure a new nation.

On May 22, Vancouver dedicated its own Liberty Tree as part of a special ceremony in Esther Short Park to salute America’s very first veterans who fought to secure a new nation. Shown here are (left to right) Larry Heckethorne, George Vernon, Larry Peck, Andrew Brewer, Paul Ocker, Carl Gray, Dr. Keith Weissinger (WSSAR president), Alfred Folkerts, Greg Lucas (WSSAR VP) and Jeff Lightburn (Ft. Vancouver SAR Chapter president). Photo courtesy of the Ft. Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution
On May 22, Vancouver dedicated its own Liberty Tree as part of a special ceremony in Esther Short Park to salute America’s very first veterans who fought to secure a new nation. Shown here are (left to right) Larry Heckethorne, George Vernon, Larry Peck, Andrew Brewer, Paul Ocker, Carl Gray, Dr. Keith Weissinger (WSSAR president), Alfred Folkerts, Greg Lucas (WSSAR VP) and Jeff Lightburn (Ft. Vancouver SAR Chapter president). Photo courtesy of the Ft. Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution

The tree was sponsored by the Ft. Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution (SAR), and the dedication was made possible by the city’s Witness Tree program that encourages sponsors of trees throughout the city. Esther Short Park was selected due to its rich history.

“It’s fitting that the city chose an Elm Tree as our Liberty Tree,” said Jeff Lightburn, president of the Ft. Vancouver SAR Chapter. “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.”

Shown here are (left to right) Pat Barber, Merta Weese, Cathy Zweig, Phyllis Bruning, Sue Mills, Pam Ragan (DAR regent), Susan Hoffman, and Cyndi Weissinger. Photo courtesy of the Ft. Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution
Shown here are (left to right) Pat Barber, Merta Weese, Cathy Zweig, Phyllis Bruning, Sue Mills, Pam Ragan (DAR regent), Susan Hoffman, and Cyndi Weissinger. Photo courtesy of the Ft. Vancouver Chapter of the Sons of The American Revolution

Joining the SAR chapter in planting their own Elm trees were the Vancouver Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) and the Hannah Mayhew Daggett Chapter Colonial Dames of the 17th Century. DAR’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 affair, along with the regent and presidents of the local chapters. SAR, DAR and Colonial Dames members trace their lineage to document patriot ancestors who served during the American Revolution.

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