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Monday, May 25, 2015
Lost trees to honor WWI soldiers found in Queens
Dozens of tall, majestic oak trees were planted in Forest Park almost 100 years ago — each for a fallen son of Woodhaven. For the first time in decades, more than 50 of the trees were festooned with red, white and blue ribbons for Memorial Day.
“The families of the fallen soldiers used to mourn at those trees,” said Edward Wendell of the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society, who did months of research after seeing the memorial mentioned in old newspaper clippings.
“We have an obligation to keep alive the memories of those lost in war,” said John Lawless, vice commander of American Legion Post 118. “Ed gave us a part of our history back that we had forgotten about.”