NALP Renewal & Remembrance Reflections…..
This past month our family traveled to Arlington Cemetery for the National Association of Landscape Professionals day of Renewal & Remembrance. It was a great day that we could give back by caring for one of America’s most important green spaces. Helping preserve the green carpet and landscape that provides a respite and home for our countries heroes is an honor that we do not take for granted. Our family has looked forward to participating in this event annually for more than 10 years. It’s a small way to say thank you by doing what we do best. It is amazing as we reflect on this volunteer journey over the years… the sites, the funerals, the tears, recognizing a name on a tomb stone, caissons, wreath laying, soldiers, family, volunteers, friendships, reality of life, reality of sacrifice, taps, Honor Guards, respect, patriotism and love of country, hot humid days, rain and sunshine, each year holds a special memory and place in our hearts… as our association president summarized it so well, “meaningful adjacencies.”
Our day involved working with over 50 children making flower arrangements to place by graves, planting annuals and shrubs in a new garden space outside the amphitheater, and others of us were part of a crew collecting 80 empty pallets, lime and gypsy bags organizing garbage cleanup so the cemetery was left clean. Our day was a humbling and awesome all-in-one. All said and done, together with over 400 landscape professional volunteers from across the country, 80 tons of Lime & 20 Tons of Gypsum were applied, Irrigation Fixes made and Lightening Protection for 7 Trees installed.
Thank you to all the NALP Volunteers, Staff and Suppliers/Sponsors who generously gave of their time and resources to make it all happen. God Bless America.
Here are a few photo highlights from our day…
Photos posted by Arlington Cemetery: https://www.flickr.com/photos/arlingtoncemetery/sets/72157653807293353