Behind the Scenes of Renewal & Remembrance

Have you ever wondered what takes place the days leading up to our annual Renewal & Remembrance event at Arlington National Cemetery? Let’s see…

Equipment Staging Area

The equipment began trickling in on Thursday (and will continue to do so through the weekend). The lime and gypsum has arrived, the trees are being tagged, the Children’s Planting area is being prepped, holes are being augured, and the plants and material are all scheduled to arrive by Sunday. Final preps are in place and we’re almost ready for 400 landscape, lawn care, and tree care volunteers to show up on Monday morning ready lime, aerate, apply gypsum, fix irrigation, add landscaping, and add cable support and lightning protection to historic trees.

Prepping the children's program planting.

Prepping the children’s program planting.

We kicked things off Friday morning with an interview segment at Channel 8’s ‘Good Morning Washington’ show.  Event chairman Bruce Allentuck from Allentuck Landscaping and NALP Board member (and Navy Veteran) Roger Phelps, from STIHL, gave Washington DC viewers a sneak peak at what the event is all about.


On Sunday afternoon the lead volunteers will meet at the cemetery for a dry run and will iron out any last minute details. But I’d say we’re almost ready! We are looking forward to another wonderful day spent beautifying and enhancing the grounds of Arlington National Cemetery and giving back to the people who served our country.  Kudos to all our amazing volunteers who make it happen and to our sponsors who donate equipment and funds to make it happen!

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