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Liberty Elm to Be Dedicated in Loomis

November 01, 2010

Placer County Supervisor Jim Holmes, members of the Placer County Veterans Advisory Group and others will pause to dedicate a Liberty Elm in recognition of Veterans Day, which is Nov. 11.

The elm will be planted on the grounds of the Loomis Library, across from the Loomis Veterans Memorial Hall. The ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 10 a.m. The library is located at 6050 Library Drive, off Taylor Road.

Members of the community are encouraged to participate.

District 3 Supervisor Jim Holmes led the effort to acquire the Liberty Elm and plan the dedication. “The Liberty Tree honors the freedoms we enjoy as Americans, and reminds us of the need to be vigilant in protecting them,” he said.

The memorial will include a special plaque which recounts the history of Boston’s Liberty Elm, an American elm, which was the rallying place for the Sons of Liberty in the American Revolution. It was funded by the nonprofit Elm Research Institute which is helping communities plant disease-resistant American Elms to commemorate the country’s founding and its freedoms.

According to the Elm Research Institute, the Liberty Tree, an American elm, was one of this country’s first symbols of freedom. On the morning of Aug. 14, 1775, the people of Boston awakened to discover two effigies suspended from an elm tree in protest of the hated Stamp Act. From that day forward, that elm became known as the “Liberty Tree.” For the next 10 years, it was used for countless meetings, speeches and celebrations, and often served as the rallying point for the Sons of Liberty. In August of 1775, as a last act of violence prior to their evacuation of Boston, British soldiers cut it down because it bore the name “Liberty.”