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Camden celebrates Arbor Day
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The Camden Military Academy posted the colors and led the pledge for the ceremony.

Dec. 7 marked the 25th anniversary of the city of Camden’s Arbor Day celebration. A program was held at the site of the former Camden Oak to commemorate the event.

An invocation was given by the Rev. Frank Griffith followed by welcoming remarks from Deborah Davis, chair of Camden Parks and Trees Commission.

Camden Mayor Tony Scully then addressed the audience with a brief history of Arbor Day in the United States and abroad.
Scully declared Dec. 2 to Dec. 8 Arbor Week and encouraged citizens to take part in the event.

"I urge everyone able to do so to observe the day by planting a tree in celebration of all they do for the city," said Scully.

Dr. Tray Dunaway of the Historic Camden Foundation gave a history of the Camden Oak. According to Dunaway, the site of the tree marks the 18th century site of the historic town of Camden.

"Trees allow us to travel back in time through history and open new opportunities to the future," said Dunaway about the various ways that trees benefit their communities.

Clifton Anderson, chairman of Kershaw County Clean Community Commision; Brenda Sullivan and Liz Gilland, Urban Forester also gave remarks.

The program was concluded with "God Bless America" sung by Camden Elementary School chorus.