Fundraising to start for memorial forest in York

YORK – Last July, the York City Council gave its blessing to the creation of a “memorial forest” to honor fallen veterans and first responders at the site of the former wastewater treatment plant in York. The project was proposed by the Nebraska chapter of Honor and Remember.

The organization is in the driving force behind raising money for this project and that effort has started.

The city was first approached by the Upper Big Blue Natural Resource District, after that entity was approached by Honor and remember.

The Honor and Remember group wants to have memorial tree plantings across the state to honor those who have died in the line of service. The theory is that these areas will be sanctuaries to deepen and enrich the symbiotic relationship between “people, trees and the land in powerful and verifiable ways. A tree named after each Nebraska fallen military and first responder hero will be a living testimony that Nebraska honors and remembers them which provides lasting comfort and support to the fallen hero’s family. Each tree will serve as a steadfast sentinel, protecting the land as did each fallen who served as a sentinel, protecting and defending our country and communities.”

As explained earlier by Chrystal Houston from the NRD, that board is “supportive of the project and we began looking for a location. There would be 60-70 fallen heroes from York County who would be represented by these trees.”

The local project will likely cost about $30,000.

The city pledged the use of the 6 ½ acres of now-unused space and the NRD’s role would be the planting and care of the trees.

Now, it’s time to raise money to make it happen.

York City Administrator Sue Crawford told the city council, members of the community are coming together to raise money for this particular project. A meeting has been set for Nov. 7, at 7 p.m., the Kilgore Library.

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