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Memory Tree comes down

By Staff
MEMORY TREE Meridian city employee Paul Latham finishes cutting down the Memory Tree in downtown Meridian. The tree was removed Friday after it was damaged by lightning and efforts to save it were unsuccessful. Photo by Penny Randall / The Meridian Star
By Penny Randall / staff writer
June 8, 2002
The Memory Tree has become just that after it was cut down Friday.
The 10-year-old tree that stood at the Doughboy Monument in downtown Meridian had been struck by lightning last month and efforts to save it were unsuccessful.
Meridian-area residents often hung yellow ribbons on the tree to honor American veterans. Meridian officials have not determined if another tree will be planted in its place.
Wood and leaves from the tree will be saved. Pennebaker is seeking suggestions what to do with them.
The foundation also will look for another tree around town to serve as the new Memory Tree.
The foundation is seeking comments and suggestions. If you have an idea, call Pennebaker at 482-3685 or write the Memory Tree Foundation, P.O. Box 5011, Meridian, MS 39302.

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