Union’s Indian Prairie 4-H Club planted a special tree in Veterans Memorial Park on Monday, Oct. 2, next to the lake pavilion. The club applied and was accepted as one of only 20 recipients for the 2017 Liberty Tree Project. The tree is a 4-inch tulip poplar sapling.

The original Liberty Tree was a famous elm tree that stood near Boston common during the Revolutionary War era.

In 1765, the Sons of Liberty, a group of American colonists, staged the first act of defiance against British rule under the tree.

This spawned the resistance that eventually led to the American Revolutionary War.

During the war, several other towns designated their own Liberty trees as support for the resistance spread throughout the colonies.

These Liberty trees became symbols of American independence.

The last original Liberty Tree, a tulip poplar, stood on the grounds of St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md., until 1999, when it died during Hurricane Floyd.

Prior to its death, 14 seedlings were successfully germinated from the tree through a project spearheaded by the nonprofit conservation organization American Forests. The seedlings were planted throughout the original 13 colonies.

In order to further preserve the legacy of the Liberty trees, a bud-grafting program was launched, through which several bud-grafted trees were grown.

Thanks to the generosity of Crader Distributing and local STIHL dealers, 20 of these bud-grafted trees were donated to Missouri 4-H clubs to be planted in public spaces throughout Missouri.