Arbor day, its purpose and observance. Page: Front Inside
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ARBOR DAY has become associated all over the United
States with economic as well as patriotic and esthetic
ideas The planting of trees by schools or organizations is
usually accompanied by ceremonies intended not only to
impress upon those present the beauty of trees and their
effect in improving the appearance of school grounds,
streets, parks, highways, etc., but also to lead them to a
realization of the value of community and national foresight.
As a patriotic festival it partakes of the nature of
a Fourth-of-July celebration or the observance of Washington's
Birthday, and in Texas, where the season is propitious,
it is observed on February 22. An abundant
supply of timber has always had a basic influence on the
development of the American Nation and on the high
standards of living characteristic of this country. Even
more beautiful and more important to the national wellbeing
than the trees of streets and parks are the great
forests of pine and fir and hardwoods that clothe the mountainsides
and the sandy plains, and that should be a neverfailing
source of wood, water, and other necessities of life
and civilization. The Arbor Day tree is not only a thing
of beauty and utility in itself; it is also a symbol, standing
for the recognition of the importance of the forest in the
life of the Nation.
WhiptA D. n.C. Issued June 1923
Wabintam.s D. C. Revised November 1936
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