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Georgia volunteers honor fallen personnel with trees

March 25, 2004

 (Albany-AP) -- More than 600 trees now stand on the median of a six-mile stretch of Westover Boulevard in Albany as a living memorial to the service members who lost their lives during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Hundreds of Albany volunteers gathered last weekend for the tree-planting project, which many said was a fitting way to honor the 568 Americans, who died in combat and the six-week period of post-war hostilities.

One of the volunteers for the project by Keep Albany-Dougherty Beautiful, Karen Richter, said the street looks better. She called it a community effort and it's "remembering the people who made a sacrifice for us."

Mickey Kennedy called the concept of each tree standing as a silent tribute to each fallen soldier "a great idea." In all, the group planted 660 trees Saturday. The cost of the entire project, which includes five different types of saplings, was about $100,000.

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