Reece Museum accepting orders for Poinsettia Memory Tree plants

Museum staff assemble the Poinsettia Tree

JOHNSON CITY (Oct. 7, 2013) – The Reece Museum at East Tennessee State University is accepting orders for poinsettias to be a part of this year’s Poinsettia Memory Tree.

Since 1989, the museum has celebrated the holidays with this memorial “tree.”  This tradition has always coincided with Veterans Day and has played a role in honoring those in this region who have served in the United States military.

Poinsettias may be purchased in honor or memory of loved ones, and the flowers will be placed in the tree-shaped exhibit.  To acknowledge donations, postcards will be mailed by Reece Museum staff to honorees or their families, and a poster will be displayed beside the poinsettia tree with a list of this year’s honorees.

The Poinsettia Memory Tree will be unveiled Nov. 12 in the second floor lobby of Burgin E. Dossett Hall during a 2 p.m. reception hosted by ETSU First Lady Donna Noland.  Music will be provided by Justin Watkins on hammered dulcimer, and light refreshments will be served.

Following the exhibit, which ends Dec. 20, the poinsettia plants will be distributed among long-term residents at the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center at Mountain Home. 

This year’s Poinsettia Memory Tree is sponsored by Troy Cox-State Farm Insurance and Corporate Moving Specialists, LLC (formerly known as Kwik-Way).

The poinsettias are $20 each, and the deadline for ordering is Oct. 31.  Order forms are available on the Reece Museum’s Web site,, or by contacting the museum at (423) 439-4392 or .  

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