Google+

‘The Witness Trees’

 

‘The Witness Trees’

‘Green’ Supporters Are Fighting for the Past to Stay Alive!

 

When someone mentions the Civil War, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 – images come to mind of soldiers fighting urlfor something truly important; countries battling each other for everything from new laws and freedom to ultimate supremacy. But what usually does not come hand-in-hand with wartime history is the outlook for a stronger ‘green’ world. In this case, we are speaking about the restoration of trees.

 

I want to share a very personal story. Perhaps you have been there yourselves and you will relate to the town I speak of called Gettysburg. With Hollywood focused on that time period once again, and the incredible movie, Lincoln, Gettysburg has once again been brought to the forefront of peoples’ minds.

 

I was only around ten-years-old when my parents took me to that amazing location. I walked the battlefields with my father that, I swear, were completely quiet even though there were a ton of visitors and loads of cars running up and down the streets. (After all, it was the 20th Century we’re talking about here.)  But when we stepped out on that grass and stared at the cannons, the statues, the memorials – I was truly struck by what had happened there so long before I then found myself in tears.

 

The power that resonated in that place; the energy that still came from men who’d lost their lives in order to create a ‘United’ States that we exist in today – some happily, some not – was overwhelming. I felt a real sense of gratefulness to the ones who’d sacrificed themselves and left their families behind in order for me to stand there and be free.

 

Now, yet another truly depressing event is happening on those fields (certainly not as heartbreaking as the men who died, but still…). There are a group of new soldiers falling on that same field. A group that witnessed the battles and were once vibrant and full of life. I’m talking about the trees that stand throughout that area. Trees that have reminded the employees who work at Gettysburg National Military Park that the ‘soldiers’ have not stopped falling.

 

An article reached the papers just a few short months ago when, once again, the Park maintenance employees were cutting away yet another fallen oak tree that rested on the famous Culp’s Hill and found bullets embedded in the tree. Now, for thoseurl who are unaware, this particular area on the Gettysburg battlefield saw a great deal of intense fighting back in that horrific July of 1863. And, over a century ago, it was absolutely normal to find bullets strewn on the lawn and embedded in the trees, but finding the same discovery today is very rare. There were several discoveries found in both 2011 and 2012, and those discoveries were what caused various oaks to fall, finally surrendering to the battle that they were once a part of.

 

Environmentalists and Park employees are truly saddened by the loss of these trees. Not only are they a true historical marker, but they are also sheer beauty; and having them fall and disintegrate, crack and be found rotting away, is a travesty.

 

These particular soldiers are referred to as ‘The Witness Trees’ by the employees as they speak with the tourists who walk the Gettysburg battlefield. These trees have formed a ‘fan club’ of their own; a group of fans who truly want to see them survive so that they can forever remain as the last ‘witnesses’ to  what is this country’s most brutal battle of ‘Brother against Brother.’ It is this war that (hopefully) taught us to never raise arms against one another again. And the rehabilitative work that the Park and the charitable investors have done in order to see these trees restored has truly been an outstanding effort.

 

In fact, rehabilitation efforts for the entire battlefield are underway, which is a program where the Park will re-open historic meadows and farm fields in order to restore the historic integrity of the 1863 battlefield. By doing this, the land will not only be refurbished and the habitat brought back to life, but it will also improve our understanding of what actually happened during that epic Civil War battle.

 

Not only will ‘The Witness Trees’ rediscover new life, but the crush of development will be lessened as all the hard work and determination of this group of people make sure to retain the land that was the place of death for so many of our young, brave men.

 

And, yes, as with everything in this world there are negatives that have crept up as the work continues to move forward. In one case, it is the Cyclorama building that was designed in 1962 by world-famous architect, Richard Neutra, that is still on the ‘hot seat,’ so to speak. This particular building is set to be demolished this month, along with the visitor’s center, in order to preserve the actual battlefield. There are also efforts to clear-cut some trees in order to restore battle-era sight lines – a move that truly has environmentalists up in arms.

 

Whereas some want the trees to remain no matter what, there are others on the ‘historic’ end that wish to bring a better understanding to one and all about the fields of observation that were once there, in order to clearly see how our troops maneuvered and fought. And even though things such as motels and car dealerships will be cleared so that Gettysburg can come back to life, there will always be battles about how one side believes that the Park should be brought back to the time of 1863, and the fight to keep ALL nature that has grown up in the last hundred and fifty years right where it is.

 

Either way, I have to say that the reverence of Gettysburg will always remain; the sheer awe and power that was created on that battlefield will never be forgotten. To view those ‘Witness Trees,’ to walk across the field and hear the wind blow through the branches as if whispering every detail about what happened so long ago, is a breathtaking event that no one can take from any of us.

 

Let’s do our best to keep history around as long as possible. Other generations need to know the immense sacrifice that our men gave in order for us to be free!

 

www.thegreenregister.com

Entertainment

For movies opening January 13, 2017

  OPENING THIS WEEK Kam's Kapsules Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun by Kam Williams For movies opening January 13, 2017   BIG BUDGET FILMS The Bye Bye Man (PG-13 for terror, violence, sexuality, bloody images, mature themes, profanity, partial nudity and underage alcohol abuse) Haunted house horror flick about a diabolical, supernatural demon (Doug Jones) unwittingly unleashed by a trio of college students (Douglas … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Books

In the World of Fiction: The Oldies but Goodies Are Back

  In the World of Fiction: The Oldies but Goodies Are Back by Amy Lignor   Readers, 2017 has arrived. And the one thing that rises above all the other so-called ‘trends’ that publishers and book lovers are looking forward to seeing this year is one, undeniable and exciting fact: Beloved authors will step back into the limelight. Trends are odd. There are those of us who never assumed that the whole utopian word as well as dystopian … [Read More its Good for You...]

Art

The Day After the Day Of

  The Day After the Day Of by Paul Ilechko   The sky sheds its tears. This morning is the morning of the day after. The day of mourning, the day after the day of.  I beseech the sky to shed tears in order to wash away the tears on my face.   This is the first day of the time after. This is the beginning of a new time, the days of pain, the days of sorrow. We are in mourning. The sky looks down and sheds its tears for … [Read More its Good For You...]

Real Estate

History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder

  History Being Sold to the Highest Bidder by Amy Lignor   For the longest time, scientists and archaeologists have been confused and bemused by various discoveries they’ve unearthed that offer little or no explanation as to the who, what, and why of the people who created these things or left them behind. Even now, in 2017, there are discoveries being studied; stories that were once legends now have actual bits of proof being found that … [Read More its Good for You.....]

Lifestyle

Groundswell for Chazelle!

  Damien Chazelle The “La La Land” Interview with Kam Williams Groundswell for Chazelle! Damien Chazelle wrote and directed the Academy Award-winning Whiplash which landed five Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay for Chazelle. The movie won a trio of Oscars in the Film Editing, Sound Mixing and Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) categories. In 2013, his short film of the same name won the Short Film … [Read More its Good for You...]

Outdoors

Top Five Florida Resorts Catering to Do it Yourself Boaters

  Top Five Florida Resorts Catering to Do it Yourself Boaters By Ted Lund Summertime is adventure time for families that want to boat and fish together, and there is no better way to do that than find a resort that caters to do it yourself boaters and anglers. And no place has options like Florida. But before the family can set sail for adventure, you need to find the right boat. One of the best on the water is the Sea Chaser Hybrid Fish … [Read More its Good for You...]

Sports

The NFL Looks at David vs. Goliath

  The NFL Looks at David vs. Goliath by Amy Lignor   This has been one of those odd football seasons where the facts given at the beginning by those panels of “experts” that “know” a great deal about America’s favorite game, turned out to be more than a little wrong. What’s the strangest thing that just might happen when it comes to the Super Bowl? Easy to answer. It just might be that for the first time a QB who didn’t actually play for … [Read More its Good for You...]

Business

Spotlight on Africa

  Spotlight on Africa by Amy Lignor   As the year winds down and comes to a close, it is Africa that is receiving some headlines that call for many changes and improvements to be made in the coming years. It was Ambassador Amina Mohamed (Nairobi, Kenya) that spoke recently about the African Union Commission (AUC) and how the group must provide leadership in the coming years. After all, the nation of Africa is, in truth, the cradle … [Read More its Good for You...]

Travel

The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World

    The Grandest New Year’s Celebrations Around the World by Amy Lignor   Oh, yes…there are many, many places to travel in order to ring in that New Year in style. Some people have already stated that they see 2017 becoming one of the ‘best of the best’ years the world has ever seen – from technology to business to education to even “going greener” – heck, green has even been chosen as the top color of 2017. But where should you … [Read More its Good for You...]

Green Living

2017 Will Be Green!

    2017 Will Be Green! by Amy Lignor   This statement is not a “hopeful” imagination talking; it is actually quite true. Very recently the Pantone Color Institute declared that green will most definitely be THE color for 2017. This is a company that calls themselves the “global color authority,” and states that everything from high fashion to trends will be on the green path throughout next year. So…when we look at a “green” … [Read More its Good for You...]