Saving Hallowed Ground’s WWI Memorial Tree Program

29 March 2017 | Pamela Linden

Saving Hallowed Ground, a historic preservation and commemoration non-profit organization based outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, continues to seek new partners and participants for its Memorial Tree Program! As an official commemorative partner of the United States’s National WWI Centennial Commission, Saving Hallowed Ground has, through our Memorial Tree Program, planted about a dozen trees in communities throughout the United States to honor and commemorate contributions and sacrifices made during the World War I era. As the centennial anniversary of US entry into the war approaches, Saving Hallowed Ground is actively seeking new partners for and participants in the program, as we hope to expand the project to include sites throughout Europe, as well as in the United States.

Saving Hallowed Ground Memorial Tree Planting at Radnor, PA


Our Memorial Tree Program represents a renewed effort to plant memorial trees honoring the sacrifices of WWI. On August 29, 1914—just months after the outbreak of hostilities in The Great War—a memorial organization in Adelaide, Australia, planted the first WWI memorial tree in the city’s Creswell Gardens. In the months and years that followed, memorial groups, veterans organizations, and others planted memorial trees to commemorate WWI in communities, towns, and cities around the globe. In commemoration of the WWI Centennial and to continue to honor contributions both large and small, at home and abroad, made during the WWI era, Saving Hallowed Ground hopes to continue this effort to plant memorial trees.

To make our Memorial Tree Program a success, Saving Hallowed Ground depends on the enthusiasm and participation of partners around the globe.

“The planting of WWI Memorial Trees represents a unique opportunity for each community to share their stories and unique historical narratives,” says Saving Hallowed Grounder Founder and President Eugene Hough. “These contributions and connections are essential for the growth and success of the Memorial Tree Program.”

Each participating community will receive an official “Tree Tag,” to be permanently installed at the planting site, that identifies the tree as part of the national Memorial Tree Program. These “Tree Tags” allow local sponsors to dedicate the tree to specific individuals, groups, or others who contributed to WWI in significant ways. Each tree planted as part of the program also gets included on a digital map, maintained by Saving Hallowed Ground, identifying the location and dedication of all the Memorial Trees planted with the program.

For more information about the program, please visit our website at or e-mail us at On our website you’ll find the full participant guide, frequently asked questions, and the digital map of existing trees. You can find out more about the organization, our other programs, and contact information at


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