The city of Toledo is looking to honor fallen service men and women later this month on Arbor Day.
Currently, the city is looking for Toledo families who want to remember their loved ones who died in combat. Those interested in taking part are asked to complete an application providing brief biographical information about the veteran to be memorialized. Applications are available online or by contacting the Division of Parks, Recreation and Forestry at 419-245-3357. Applications must be returned by April 19.
The city is going to be planting around 50 cherry trees in honor of the fallen veterans as part of a Veterans Memorial Grove along Parkside Boulevard in west Toledo. A ceremony will take place on Arbor Day, April 29.
"[The location is] next to a cemetery and we're on a boulevard, which kind of spans two parks, from Ottawa Park up to Scott Park, and it's residential. It will be high visibility. And then there's a running path - a paved path - that goes through it. So, there's a lot of opportunity to interact," said Denny Garvin, Toledo forestry commissioner.
The trees are being planted on public property to replace trees that were cut down due to recent utility work. The city does not ordinarily plant memorial trees on behalf of individual residents, however, the visually distinct tree planting is a significant way to observe the dedicated service of these men and women in uniform.
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