Tree dedication marks 100 years of Camp Zachary Taylor

Tree dedication marks 100 years of Camp Zachary Taylor

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) -  A dedication ceremony was held Friday to mark the 100-year anniversary of Camp Zachary Taylor during World War I.

A tree was planted there today to commemorate the history of the Naturalization Tree that once stood there.

The Naturalization Tree Monument is a reminder of the history of naturalizing foreign born citizens after enlisting in the US Armed Forces. The practice began during the American Civil War.

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According to the United States World War I Centennial Commission, the Naturalization Tree was a sprawling North American ash tree that once stood along Lee Avenue.

It stood for decades after World War I until it was struck by lightning and burned down.

The Camp Zachary Taylor Historical Society monument was put in its place in 1921 by the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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