The Sugar Creek 9/11 memorial park will be receiving a new addition this weekend, thanks to a tree-planting ceremony courtesy of Sugar Creek Mayor Michael Larson and Stan Salva, president of the Czech and Slovak Club of Greater Kansas City.
The tree planting commemorates the 100th anniversary of Czechoslovakia becoming “an independent, free and democratic nation,” according to a release issued by the Czech and Slovak club.
The tree will be planted on at 4:45 p.m. Sunday following the club’s regular meeting. The city of Sugar Creek is donating a linden tree, which is native to both original Czech Republic and Slovakian lands, and serves as a national symbol for both peoples.
According to the club, approximately 3,000 linden trees have been planted on special anniversaries.
Additionally, 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of what is known as the Velvet Revolution, which overthrew communist rule in Czechoslovakia in a non-violent fashion. The official celebration will be observed in November.