The Witness Tree Event
Beginning November 1 and running through November 11, the City of Florence, in partnership with Florence Christian Church, will host “The Witness Tree” event daily at 8:00 a.m. The event will be held on the campus of the Florence Government Center at the Boone County Veteran’s Memorial to raise awareness of the estimated 22 veterans lost to suicide each day in our country. The program is anticipated to last approximately fifteen minutes each day.
The Witness Tree program is designed to raise awareness of those invisible wounds that veterans are battling after they return to civilian life and raise awareness of the estimated 22 veterans who commit suicide each day in our nation. The daily ceremony will include placing 22 dog tags on a tree, readings, meditative thought, and reflection. At the end of the eleven days, 242 dog tags will hang in honor of those veterans. Visitors are invited to attend and hang military dog tags on the designated tree on the campus of the Florence Government Center.
Additional resources will be available for participants. For additional information, please contact the Administration Department at 859.647.8177.