By Correne Martin
The Trail of Presidents trees were dedicated on a sunny Friday, April 25—Arbor Day—on the north side of St. Feriole Island in Prairie du Chien.
Organizers John Mundt and Tom Nelson presented the ceremony in front of local dignitaries, community members, Boy Scouts, high school music students and first graders. The Pledge of Allegiance and Star Spangled Banner, performed by the PdCHS music group, “Out to Lunch,” preceded introductions. Senator Jennifer Shilling and Assemblyman Lee Nerison were in attendance, in addition to city and Chamber of Commerce officials.
Partners of the park, who purchased the trees representing 22 presidents who have lived in or visited Prairie du Chien, were recognized. Then, they were led to their trees, marked with plaques explaining the presidents’ ties to Prairie du Chien. The school children walked the path and learned about the connections between nature and history as the pleasant event came to a close.