Toomer’s oak sapling to be planted on Capitol lawn Friday

A Toomer's oak sapling will be planted somewhere in this general vicinity.

A Toomer’s oak sapling will be planted on the southeast lawn of the U.S. Capitol at 10:30 a.m. this Friday.

A planting ceremony spearheaded by Congressman Dennis Ross (R-FL), a 1981 Auburn graduate, had been scheduled to coincide with the Auburn football team’s scheduled April 29 trip to the White House, but — like the trip — was postponed due to the devastating outbreak of tornado’s in Alabama on April 27.

“We’ve been working on it about two months trying to see if the Architect of the Capitol would give his OK to plant a Toomer’s oak,” said Ross’ Chief of Staff Fred Piccolo. “He recently gave his authorization.”

The plan may have had some inside help; David Ferguson, the Chief Administrative Officer for the Architect of the Capitol, graduated from Auburn in 1974.

“We were going to have a little ceremony with people digging the shovels in and that good stuff,” Piccolo said “I’m not sure if there will be a marker or plaque, but if there isn’t I know the congressman would like to put one there.”


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