Origin of Arbor Day

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The Arbor Day movement is not a recent fad. It originated in Brugg, Switzerland, in the 5th century. The idea was taken up in Eastern Canada (Ontario 1887) and the United States (1872) and is today a popular annual celebration by schools and communities where the enthusiasm of the people has been so great that not only have school grounds, boulevards and parks been planted, but many highways have shade trees planted along each side; and please bear in mind that all this has been done in Provinces and States whose climate is not so favorable as ours for tree planting. The city of New Bedford, Massachusetts planted over 4000 trees along 20 miles of streets in the 7 years between 1912-1919.

In some parts of the United States, Arbor Day is proclaimed by statute for the whole State, so that similar exercises are being held all over the State on the same day. In other parts proclamation is made by the State Department of Education and all the schools have Arbor Day exercises in the form of addresses, songs, recitations and tree planting ceremonies.