Program will bring 600,000 trees to Old 15 to honor Civil War dead

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Two local municipalities have agreed to support a Journey Through Hallowed Ground project that aims to plant one tree along Old U.S. 15 for every soldier killed in the American Civil War.

The proposal has generated unanimous support from the Cumberland Township Board of Supervisors and Gettysburg Borough Council’s Community Development Committee.

“They’re not looking for any money, so it’s at no cost to taxpayers,” explained Cumberland Township Supervisor Randy Phiel.

The Journey Through Hallowed Ground partnership is hoping to plant more than 600,000 trees along a 180-mile stretch of Old U.S. 15, from Monticello, Va., to historic Gettysburg.

The organization is seeking resolutions from each municipality located along the roadway.

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