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Fort Jackson plants trees in memory of fallen

FORT JACKSON, S.C. — Fort Jackson, Richland County and a local environmental support group are joining to commemorate the loss of South Carolina soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Army post, the county and Columbia Green are scheduled to dedicate a grove of trees on Friday afternoon. The trees are being planted at Fort Jackson's main parade field. Post spokesman Pat Jones says the group is planting more than two dozen magnolias and two live oaks.

Fort Jackson's Hilton Field is hallowed ground among military personnel because it is where hundreds of thousands of soldiers begin their military careers after graduating from Basic Combat Training.

The tree planting is part of a 10-year effort to improve the base for its 100th anniversary in 2017.
 

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