In a heartfelt ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, Lake County dedicated a Liberty Tree at the Mount Dora VFW, paying homage to the courageous spirit of the American Revolution and honoring the principles of freedom that have shaped the nation.
“Every symbol of our liberty is part of that educational program of reminding us that it’s in our hands under God’s direction to build a great country, a great community, a great county,” Senator Dennis Baxley says.
The inspiration for the Liberty Tree dates back to August 14, 1765, when a defiant crowd gathered in Boston under a magnificent elm tree planted in 1646. This gathering marked the first public act of resistance against the despised Stamped Act, an event that laid the foundation for the American Revolutionary War. The tree became a symbol of liberty, and a copper plate was affixed to its trunk, declaring it a “tree of liberty.”