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Peace Tree Planted on Evansville Riverfront

John Gibson

A peace tree has been planted in Downtown Evansville. 

The new Nellie Stevens Holly Tree stands about two feet tall in the front lawn of Old National Bank at Main and Riverside.

Like the tree, Gary May of Veterans for Peace hopes to see peace grow.

He urged the city of Evansville to get involved in a worldwide campaign.

"The mayor could follow our suggestion and subscribe to the Mayors for Peace campaign. It's an international inititative that was started in 1982 by one of the former mayors of Hiroshima."

Hiroshima was one of two Japanese cities destroyed by nuclear bombs to end World War II.

Julia Holtz of Honor Flight of Southern Indiana also attended the Peace Tree dedication. She said her organization hopes to get active again, if the pandemic continues to ease.

"We will be able to take 85 veterans and their companions to D.C. for a day in September and again  in October"

COVID-19 put an end to the veteran flights last year.

Peace trees around the world commemorate the 1918 armistice that ended World War I.