RBC I Early settlers of Boston planted an elm tree on Boston Neck in 1646, which subsequently became known as the “Liberty Tree.” About a century later, colonists held meetings and spoke out against British tyranny, preparing the groundwork for the independence of this nation. In one such event, on Aug. 14, 1765, colonists resisted the Stamp Act by hanging in effigy Lord Bute, the author of the Stamp Act.The tree became so well-known as a rallying place British authorities ordered it to be cut down in 1775, just prior to the start of the American Revolution.The “Liberty Tree,” from its original planting in 1646, grew to be a symbol of freedom for people everywhere. In 1964, Massachusetts Governor Endicott Peabody proclaimed Aug. 13 to be Liberty Tree Day, urging citizens to recall the significance and role of the “Liberty Tree in the formation of our country’s independence and to rededicate themselves to the tradition of our ancestors, to the principles of freedom under which our country has grown and prospered.”The Liberty Tree Society in Keene, NH, was founded to celebrate America’s first symbol of freedom. Their goal is to establish Liberty Tree memorials, living tributes to our country’s freedom, in towns and cities across the nation. To date, nearly 500 such memorials have been dedicated in 41 states.The Society would like to encourage all Americans to observe Liberty Tree Day and hopes this day will inspire generations to come. For complete information on how you can help celebrate Liberty Tree Day visit www.elmresearch.org or call (800)367-3567.