To honor the valor and service of the Arizona Confederate Soldiers
who fought during the American Civil War, Sons of Confederate Veterans
Camp 1708, Scottsdale, Arizona, through its
OurConfederateHeros.org website, has donated a dogwood tree (cornus
florida) which was planted in Section Seventeen adjacent to the Confederate
Memorial and Confederate graves on McPherson Drive in Arlington National
Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia.
The gift of the tree shall serve as a living memorial to all of the Arizona Confederate Soldiers, none of who are buried in the cemetery, and in a small way allow them to symbolically take their place among other servicemen buried in the national garden of heroes. It is appropriate now to donate and plant this tree to recognize their valiant service especially during the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg and Vicksburg.
We hope that the shade of the adult tree will cast its confirming and comforting shadow on the nearby graves of the Confederate Soldiers and Confederate Memorial for the life span of the tree that will approach nearly one hundred years. We are also proud to at long last formally recognize the forgotten service of these overlooked heroes of the American Civil War in such sacred and hallowed ground.