It's years away, but planning and planting is underway for nation's 250th anniversary

John McDevitt
November 15, 2018 - 5:29 pm
The DAR, or Daughters of the American Revolution — along with USA250 and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society — donated 250 trees to create the "DAR Pathway of the Patriots" along the Schuylkill River, honoring patriots of the American Revolution.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The nation's 250th anniversary isn't until July 2026,  but the gift-giving has already started, and among the offerings are 250 trees.

The DAR, or Daughters of the American Revolution — along with USA250 and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society — donated 250 trees to create the "DAR Pathway of the Patriots" along the Schuylkill River, honoring patriots of the American Revolution.

The first 15 trees were planted in Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia. Trees will eventually be planted in 13 groves, representing the 13 original states, leading to the Valley Forge National Historical Park.

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Jon Grabelle Herrmann, USA250 executive director, said the goal of the national nonprofit is to connect history of the country with the stories of patriotism across generations.

"A simple but a fairly bold idea that the nation's 250th anniversary in 2026 is a once-in-generations opportunity to bring the country together," he added. "It was started by civic leaders and we have been working to connect people ideas resources."

The announcement of the trees preceded the inaugural meeting of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission on Friday.