‘The elms are coming, the elms are coming!’

July 1, 1993

Several hundred years ago American Colonists rallied with the cry “The British are coming, the British are coming!” while gathering around the “Liberty Tree” elm in Boston. Today, American communities can once again rally to celebrate their town’s birthday by dedicating an “Anniversary Elm” honoring previous heritage and establishing an enduring symbol of civic pride for the future.

Elm Research Institute, a nonprofit organization devoted to restoring magnificent elms across America, has announced its intention to sponsor a planting of an “Anniversary Elm” in every community celebrating a town birthday. The beautiful 10-foot Liberty Elm supplied is accompanied by an engraved plaque commemorating the special occasion. Not that long ago, virtually every town and city in the USA boasted shady, elm-lined avenues, parks and public spaces. The ravages of Dutch elm disease have made that once beautiful vision a distant memory.

Now, ERI is prepared to donate thousands of disease-resistant “American Liberty Elm” trees in support of the “Re-Elming of America” campaign. The patented elms are the result of decades of intensive research and selective planting, insuring a very high survival rate and healthy longevity. The “Anniversary Elm” program is self-sustaining with active involvement among community public service organizations raising very nominal sums to fund a nursery of smaller trees slated to be planted within 2-3 years of the “Anniversary Elm”.

To hear “The Elms are coming! The Elms are coming!” in your community, contact Elm Research Institute at: 603-358-6198.

Elm Research Institute, 11 Kit Street, Keene N.H. 03431 Contact: John Hansel at 603-358-6198 or by e-mail at libertyelm@webryders.com.

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