It is a special monument that marks the history of those in Louisville who wanted to become American citizens. On Sunday, in Camp Taylor Park, the Naturalization Tree Monument will be rededicated as a way to honor the spirit of America.
“It is important to remember the impact Camp Taylor had in our Community’s history and this monument represents the importance of wanting to become an American citizen for those who came from faraway lands,” says Councilman Steve Magre (D-10).
The Naturalization Tree was a sprawling North American Ash Tree that once stood along Lee Avenue and near Grove Avenue. It became the location of the first oath of citizenship for foreign born soldiers who served in the United States Military following an act of Congress beginning in 1918.
Unfortunately, the tree was stuck by lightning and eventually taken down. However, a monument was put in its place as a reminder of the more than 4,000 soldiers who became US Citizens under the Naturalization Tree. On Sunday a sign will be placed near the moment giving more details about the history of the tree and the people who stood under it to take the oath of citizenship.
On Sunday, September 20th, Councilman Magre will be joined by The Daughters of the American Revolution and Sons of the American Revolution.
“This is a moment to not only honor our history but again thank those who have given their service and in some cases their lives for the freedom of our country,” says Magre. “I invite everyone to come and join us.”
The rededication ceremony will take place on Sunday, September 20th at 4:30pm at Camp Taylor Park, 4201 Lees Avenue, off of Poplar Level Road and the Watterson Expressway. After the ceremony, there will be a live band, free ice cream, and the community is encouraged to bring a picnic basket and join in the fun.
For more information about the Naturalization Tree Monument rededication ceremony, contact Councilman Magre’s office at 574-1110.
To learn more about the Naturalization Tree, go to the Camp Taylor Historical Society website at: http://camptaylorhistorical.