Liberty Tree & Plaque Dedication: Honoring 250 Years of American Independence

In an inspiring celebration of nearly two and a half centuries of American independence, the Lansing-area chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution (SAR) along with co-sponsors SAR Central Michigan Chapter, Michigan Society of Sons of the American Revolution, NSSAR Washington Endowment Fund, National Society of Sons of the American Revolution, American Legion-Michigan State Council and Vietnam Veterans of America-Michigan State Council are set to dedicate a Liberty Tree and plaque at a poignant ceremony to be held at the Michigan State Capitol Complex.

This event, marking an early celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Revolutionary War, and officially recognized by the America250MI Committee, promises to be a memorable tribute to the enduring spirit of liberty that has defined the American experience. The ceremony will take place Friday, April 26, 2024, at 2:00 PM at the Michigan Veterans Memorial Park in front of Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa St., Lansing Michigan.

The dedication will feature a distinguished roster of speakers including state government officials, representatives from American veterans groups, the State President of the Michigan Society Sons of the American Revolution, the Michigan State Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the State President of the Children of the American Revolution, and a remarkably talented Michigan High School student, the winner of the MISSAR Knight Essay Contest.

The ceremony commemorates the historic Liberty Tree, a symbol of defiance and unity in the face of British rule, which stood as a testament to the colonists’ fight for freedom and laid the groundwork for the Revolutionary War.

The Liberty Tree serves as an emblem of the first act of defiance by Patriots in Boston against the oppressive British government in 1765. It became a rallying point for free speech and resistance, where the ideals of liberty and justice were fervently discussed and upheld. Liberty Trees across all states during the Revolution symbolized the unbreakable spirit of the American people in their quest for independence.

The ceremony will be graced by the presence of SAR color guards adorned in colonial attire and American Legion honor guards, making for a striking photo opportunity. The event will include a 21-gun salute, a cannon volley, and the solemn playing of Taps by buglers from the Lansing Concert Band Brass Quintet, promising a moving tribute to those who have fought and continue to fight for the freedoms we hold dear.

This dedication is more than a commemoration; it is a renewal of our commitment to the values that have shaped our nation. It is a reminder that the fight for liberty and justice is ongoing and that each generation must do its part to uphold these essential American ideals.

For those interested in attending this historic event or seeking additional information, please contact Christopher Blunt, SAR Pvt. Ephraim Wheaton Chapter Secretary, at 217-390-8006 or via email at [email protected] .

We look forward to seeing you there and sharing in this momentous occasion, as we pay homage to our shared heritage and the legacy of those who paved the way for our freedom.

Date & Location:

Friday, April 26 2024, 2:00 PM
Michigan Veterans Memorial Park in front of Hall of Justice, 925 W. Ottawa St. Lansing MI.

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