It was sweltering hot on Monday, July 16, as 400 volunteers headed to Arlington National Cemetery and Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery for the 22nd Renewal & Remembrance volunteer day of service.
After the opening ceremony with remarks by industry veterans Jeff Buhler (NALP President), John Eggleston (event chair) and Tom Shotzbarger (dedication speaker), volunteers from across the nation, both first-timers and long-time volunteers, fanned out and completed the work including:
- 108 acres aerated,
- 5 acres limed,
- 46 acres received phosphorus,
- 4 trees received lightning protection,
- 3 Irrigation projects completed,
- 1 large retaining wall built, and
- And the children’s program planted 300 annuals and 15 shrubs at the Mast of the Maine memorial.
Special thanks go to event chair John Eggleston and to the Renewal and Remembrance committee and champions who spent hours, days and weeks planning and coordinating; assigning teams, planning and delivering equipment, managing safety and transportation, not to mention the hydration teams. We couldn’t do it without their support.
We were there for one day, but those projects will last for decades to come! We’ll done, everyone.
View and download photos of the event here.
Thank you to all our sponsors for their support, especially Platinum Sponsors Caterpillar, John Deere, and New Holland. Also thank you to partners: National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and the Professional Grounds Management Society.