Toledo mayor Mike Bell recognized Arbor Day in a special ceremony to honor Toledo natives who have died in military combat. The city is planting 50 cherry trees on a grassy stretch along Parkside Blvd. This process started last August when Dale Chapman asked the city if a tree could be planted in memory of her grandson. Christopher Brown, a 26-year-old Army Staff Sgt. was killed in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan last April. After some deliberation the city decided it would build 50 trees in honor of all the Toledo natives who have perished during military service. "I couldn't imagine 50 trees, so all of the other families can participate as well," Mrs. Chapman said.
Mayor Bell was joined by the relatives of other deceased military personnel. He gave an official Arbor Day mayoral proclamation to a family member of each deceased soldier.