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W.Va. Vets Lost in Iraq, Afghanistan to be Honored With Trees


A Fairmont farm will plant 38 trees Saturday representing the West Virginians who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan since Sept. 11, 2001.

The Times West Virginian reports that the tree planting is a cooperative effort between Zion Heritage Farm and Veterans and Warriors to Agriculture. The West Virginia Department of Agriculture is also participating.

Heather Neill is owner of Zion Heritage Farm. She said an apple tree will be planted for the 37 men and one woman who died serving their country.

The ceremony will include Gold Star families, which are parents, spouses, siblings and children of deceased veterans.

Neill said these families will pick out a tree to represent their fallen loved one. The will be planted by volunteers.