World War I tree rededication ceremony held at Hood Park
“On a Sunday afternoon April 8, 1919, three oak trees were planted in memory of three hometown sons who died during what was known as the Great War–today we call it World War I,” said Nancy Kelley, president of the New Century Club and master of ceremony at the World War I tree rededication ceremony held September 16 at Hood Park. “Time passed, the trees grew, but people forgot the reason they were planted. Richard Baranowski, Way Library local history librarian, was researching a project on the three men from Perrysburg who died in World War I and came upon the background of the trees.
“The trees were purchased and the ceremony planned by the New Century Club, a women’s civic club that was formed in 1900. I am a member of this club which has lasted all these years and on the 100th year anniversary of WWI we thought it proper to remember these three men with a plaque.”
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