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Arbor Day tree planted at Sadie Brown Cemetery to honor their memory, final resting place

Arbor Day literally translates to “tree day”, a tradition started in 1872 as a support to the Conservation Movement that is celebrated on the last Friday of April during spring planting seasons. This year, in continuing their commitment to nationwide conservation efforts, the Ozark Spring, NSDAR purchased and donated a Dogwood tree for the Sadie Brown Cemetery (a resting place for African/Black Americans, many who are American Veterans and were buried at a time when people of color were not buried in white cemeteries). However, due to the stressful spring and summer weather in the area, the tree was recently officially planted by Crockett Oaks, III to better survive cooler Fall temperatures. The commemoration plaque reads, “We Honor Your Memory and Final Resting Place, Ozark Spring Chapter, NSDAR. 
In addition to preserving history, promoting education and patriotism, supporting conservation efforts, and honoring veterans, the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) continues to declare their commitment to equality whenever possible. Their website states, “The NSDAR encourages and celebrates a diverse membership, and we embrace the opportunity to support our members of color. NSDAR reaffirms to the membership and the public alike that our organization condemns racism. Bias, prejudice and intolerance have no place in the NSDAR or America.”
Attending the dedication as well as many others committed to nurturing and caring for the tree are Ozark Spring Daughters, Connie Weber, Mary Ann Mutrux, Ozark Spring, NSDAR Chapter Regent, Jan Tappana, Marla Burgess, Cathy Roberts, and Karen Ryburn not pictured. 
 
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