Members of Lee Marts Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 3571 and its Auxiliary, assisted by members of the American Legion and cadets of the local squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, celebrated Earth Day and Arbor Day by planting a blue spruce at the First Baptist Church in Delta Sunday, April 22. This tree is both a thank you to the church for the great hospitality it has shown the VFW and Auxiliary, and a living memorial to all veterans.
Post Chaplain Rachelle Erhart gave the benediction to a gathering of VFW members, veterans, church members and their families. Post Commander Louis "Corky" Ware gave a brief history on Earth Day, a celebration started in 1969, when Commander Ware pointed out that "the word environment was only used in spelling bees." Nearly 40 years later, over two billion people worldwide attend some sort of an Earth Day memorial.
Pastor James Conley of the First Baptist Church read a short passage from the Bible, explaining the symbolism of a living tree to all people. He accepted the gift of the tree from the VFW, pledging to care for and honor the tree and what it stands for.
The eight-foot blue spruce tree was graciously donated to the Veterans of Foreign Wars by Spruce Tree Farms on Redlands Mesa in honor of all veterans.