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Former president visits
Former President Bill Clinton has joined other former presidents and international dignitaries in an 80-year-old Sea Island tradition.

During a visit to the private resort Thursday, Clinton took part in the tradition of planting a live oak tree on Sea Island.

He became the seventh American president to do so and joined the likes of former British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

The planting of a live oak, the state tree of Georgia and a symbol of strength, is a tradition started by President Calvin Coolidge in 1928.

The tradition is a way to commemorate special guests of the resort, said Rick Riess, managing director of The Cloister.

"We continue to celebrate our heritage at Sea Island, including the tradition of visiting dignitaries planting live oaks on the grounds. As the years go by, the trees serve not only to commemorate their visits, but to mark ongoing milestones in Sea Island's history."

Excluding Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, modern day presidents since Gerald Ford in 1979 have planted trees on the property.

"We are delighted that President Clinton could add to this legacy during his visit with us," Riess said.

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