School officials apologize for cutting down tree planted for fallen soldier

By WEEK Producer

April 8, 2014 Updated Apr 8, 2014 at 11:53 PM CDT

KNOXVILLE, Ill. -- Officials with Knoxville School District 202 are apologizing after a tree planted to honor a local soldier was cut down.

The apology was posted on the school district's website.

The tree was planted to honor U.S. Army Private Caleb Lufkin. The Knoxville native was killed in Baghdad in 2006.

Last fall, a plaque placed next to the tree memorializing Lufkin was moved, and workers mistakenly cut the tree down.

The school said they are committed to planting a new one, with a more suitable marker.