Freedom Tree, Elizabethtown
The Freedom Tree memorial is a small granite panel approximately two-feet high and three-feet wide. It has finished faces with rough hewn edges. It stands a few feet from the actual Freedom Tree.
THE FREEDOM TREE / WITH THE VISION OF UNIVERSAL FREEDOM / FOR ALL MANKIND / THIS TREE IS DEDICATED TO / MEN OF BLADEN COUNTY / WHO WERE KILLED / OR / MISSING IN ACTION IN SOUTHEAST ASIA / 1973
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“Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown, North Carolina,” Bobbystuff.com, (accessed November 5, 2023) Link
There are numerous Freedom Tree memorials across the United States with similar inscriptions to servicemen killed and missing in action in Southeast Asia. The only wording differences being some were to an individual and the missing in action and some were to all those who died and the missing in action. Most, if not all, seem to have been placed in 1973, with the last United States troops having been withdrawn from Vietnam in March of that year. The organization or movement behind these markers and tree plantings was not determined.
The marker stands on the grounds of the Bladen County Courthouse in Elizabethtown, NC a few inches away from the Bladen County Veterans Bell. Other memorials stand on the lawn: the Battle of Elizabethtown marker, the Sallie Salter Monument, the Fallen Heroes Memorial. The street address is 166 E. Broad Street.
The monument stands at the northeast edge of the Bladen County Courthouse lawn. The lawn is also decorated with shady trees and benches.