Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – The Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II with a ceremonial tree planting scheduled for 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 2.

"Each of us can take a moment to remember these heroes and how they fought and sacrificed so future generations could be free," said Ocean County Freeholder Virginia E. Haines, Chairwoman of the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation. "We look forward to having this new Tulip Poplar tree take root on the grounds of the Courthouse as a reminder of the sacrifices made in World War II."

Hosted by the Ocean County Board of Chosen Freeholders, with the Ocean County Shade Tree Commission, Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission, and the Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation, the event will be held on the grounds of the 1850 County Courthouse at 118 Washington St., here. Attendees should wear masks and practice social distancing during the event.

According to The Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University, because of its grand proportions and majestic appearance, Tulip Poplar trees became known as the "tree of liberty" during the Revolutionary War period and were planted after the World Wars as memorials to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"This tree will be a beautiful tribute for those who served our country," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari. "It will serve as a living memorial to the soldiers and citizens who served on both small and large scales across the country and around the world during World War II."

A Tulip Poplar tree was also planted on the Courthouse grounds during Ocean County's World War I Centennial memorial ceremony in 2018.

"Ocean County is home to over 40,000 veterans. Our World War II veterans were a part of the Greatest Generation," said Ocean County Freeholder Gerry P. Little, liaison to the Ocean County Veteran's Service Bureau. "We have always taken great pride in our residents who have served our country and by recognizing the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II we continue to be reminded of how much our veterans mean to us."

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