From air, trees in church grove form cross

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — From the ground, it’s just another grove of trees, though one with a lot of right angles. But people who fly in and out of Golden Triangle Regional Airport see it as forester and former Naval aviator Frank Troskey meant them to: a cross.

It’s on land of a church that his late wife attended, he wrote in an e-mail to The Starkville Daily News.

He says that around 1993, the pastor at the time donated an acre of church land for the cross. Troskey and two other members planted 350 loblolly pine seedlings.

Troskey says he’d been a forester for 45 years back then, and knew how fast the trees would grow and how they would look as they grew.

He says the cross has needed very little tending, and should look good for decades.

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