COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) - A tree replanting project at Texas
A&M University is helping to restore a living memorial to former
students who died in World War I.
Twenty-five live oaks will be used to replace older trees that form part of a 55-tree formation at Simpson Drill Field. Each tree represents a former A&M cadet killed during the war. Markers list the fallen solder's name, class, site and date of death.
In addition to the trees at the memorial, the restoration project will plant another 105 trees around the A&M campus.
Koby Weatherford, an urban forester for the university, says the
160 new trees include live oaks, cypresses, cedar elms, Texas ashes
and Mexican sycamores. He adds that they are 10 to 12 feet tall and
about four years old.
The live oaks at the war memorial had declined due to water damage and other problems. The memorial was created in 1920, and a granite war memorial was later built on the west side of the drill field.
Weatherford says most of the new trees should be in the ground
by Tuesday. There are about 12,000 trees on the A&M campus.