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All About the Holidays: Arbor Day

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(male narrator) America's tree-planting festival, Arbor Day, is celebrated on the last Friday in April, at least for most states. Although President Richard Nixon declared this date a national holiday in 1970, some states must celebrate planting trees during more seasonable months. Unlike many holidays honoring past events, Arbor Day remembers the future. The father of Arbor Day was J. Sterling Morton, one of the first pioneers to move to Nebraska. When he arrived in 1854, he found that Nebraska was almost treeless. Knowing that trees would be needed for agriculture, fuel, and building materials, he convinced the state government to have a day focused on planting them. On April 10, 1872, America's first Arbor Day was celebrated by Nebraskans planting over one million trees. Thirteen years later, Arbor Day became an official state holiday, and in 1885, more than 1,000 Nebraskan schoolchildren helped plant trees. That began the yearly tradition of American school students participating in Arbor Day. President Theodore Roosevelt even wrote a letter to America's schoolchildren in 1907, encouraging them to be patriotic by planting and conserving trees. If you can't plant a tree on Arbor Day, enjoy their beauty and think about how trees contribute to life on Earth. What do you appreciate most about trees?

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While most holidays honor events in the past, Arbor Day is all about looking to the future. All across the country, Americans plant trees to recognize the important role they play on Earth. Part of the “All About the Holidays” series.

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