Three new trees to replace three trees planted in memory of three UW–Platteville students who died in World War I will be rededicated by the Daughters of the American Revolution.
The rededication program by the DAR’s Fort Crawford chapter will be held behind the UWP Center for the Arts Saturday, June 8 at 10:30 a.m.
On May 2, 1919, three elm trees were planted on the campus of the Platteville Normal School in memory of Sgt. Homer Parkinson, Cpl. Homer Grossman and Private Loren Peacock, who gave their lives for their country in World War I.
Parkinson, Grossman and Peacock were students at Platteville Normal before they enlisted in the U.S. Army.
Sometime during the early 1960s, the trees were destroyed by Dutch elm disease. Only two of the three memorial plaques remained, and they are stored in UW–Platteville’s Southwest Wisconsin Historical Room.
The Fort Crawford chapter of the DAR contacted UW–Platteville after the chapter became aware of the missing trees and plaques. UWP’s grounds division provided three red maple trees and planted them on campus near where the original memorial elms had been planted. Rocks from the campus were donated. The chapter provided the memorial plaques to be placed near the maple trees.
The chapter is inviting the public, specifically relatives of Parkinson, Grossman and Peacock. Homer and Lee Parkinson American Legion Post 170 of Mineral Point will be posting the colors and playing Taps at the ceremony.
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