MILTON — Milton's Veterans Memorial Park will soon have an addition of a Liberty Tree when a granite foot marker is installed at the park to honor American Patriots.
The request to have a marker placed at a tree was made by members of The Aaron Snowden Chapter of the National Sons of the American Revolution, who purchased the granite marker to donate to the park.
Commission Bob Cole said the ASCNSAR approached him about putting the marker in the park, which is maintained by the county, and he was in support of it. He said he felt that it was something that would add to the benefit of the veterans and the park as a whole.
"It adds to everything," Cole said. "(It adds to) all the efforts we've seen in developing that memorial and (it's another) way to thank our veterans."
County Administrator Dan Schebler said that he had put the ASCNSAR in touch with the park foundation to coordinate where the best placement of the marker would be.
The term Liberty Tree comes from a famous elm tree that stood in Boston near Boston Common in the years before the American Revolution. In 1765, colonists in Boston staged the first act of defiance against the British government at the tree. The tree became a rallying point for the growing resistance to the rule of Britain over the American colonies, and the ground surrounding it became known as Liberty Hall. The Liberty Tree was felled by Loyalist Nathaniel Coffin Jr. in August 1775.