The ceremony was in conjunction with the proclamation of Greencastle's Arbor Day. For the ninth year running, Greencastle has been named a Tree City USA by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
"Trees are a source of joy and spiritual renewal," said Mayor Susan Murray. "I want to leave my children and grandchildren a world not crippled by pollution and ransacked of its natural resources."
"These are green steps that we can all take and be proud of," she said. "Our chance to make the biggest difference in our world does indeed begin in out own community."
Street Commissioner Paul Wilson said his department diligently keeps track of all tree trimmings and plantings within the city limits.
Lane Ralph, who works in Sen. Richard Lugar's office and is also the president of Greencastle's Tree Board, read a letter from Lugar lauding Greencastle's commitment to tree preservation. Ralph said the plantings on Veteran's Highway were doubly special because they honored veterans.
"We must remember the sacrifices that those in harm's way make for us," he said. "These trees are a physical reminder of the dedication of Putnam County veterans."