Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers was joined by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, Representative Roybal-Allard and Father Patrick J. Conroy to dedicate a tree in memory of Representative Edward R. Roybal.
"Today, we dedicate this tree in honor of the life and service of a family man, World War II veteran, influential politician, Hispanic trailblazer and advocate for the sick and underprivileged. With the planting of this memorial tree, his memory will take root on this beautiful campus for generations to come," said Ayers.
Several trees on the Capitol grounds serve as living memorials. The Roybal tree, a Red Oak, is located between Independence Avenue and South West Drive on the Capitol campus. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) cares for the historic and picturesque grounds surrounding the U.S. Capitol Building. The grounds were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1874. More than 140 years later, the AOC continues to follow his plan for creating an urban oasis in the nation's capital.