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Climber Jesse Tillack installs lightning protection to a white oak at Arlington National Cemetery. Photo courtesy of army.mil.

Davey Volunteers Show Tribute Through Action at Arlington National Cemetery

May 14, 2015

In honor of the upcoming Memorial Day, which lands on May 25 this year, we are highlighting services Davey has performed at cemeteries across the U.S.

Below is a story about the work of Davey volunteers and others at Arlington National Cemetery last year.

Whether they want to visit a family member who lost his or her life while serving the U.S., pay respects to individuals who are currently protecting the country or see a historic American monument, nearly four million people travel to the iconic Arlington National Cemetery each year.

Arlington National Cemetery grounds include 624 acres of grassland, an impressive tree canopy, and bountiful shrubs and plants. With such massive landscapes that preserve the memory of the country’s heroes, sometimes, a little help is required.

Crews from The Care of Tree’s (TCOT) Dulles office headed out on a hot, sunny August afternoon to put their tributes into action to help keep the iconic landscape beautiful, healthy and flourishing. The crew, including District Manager Jeremy Baker, Climbers Tyler Pollock, and Jesse Tillack and Groundman Intern Levi Johnson, volunteered its time and labor as part of the Professional Landcare Network’s (now National Association of Landscape Professionals) annual Renewal and Remembrance Day of Service.

“Many different companies, from landscaping to tree care, attend,” Baker says. “Usually, about 500 volunteers are there in order to pay respect and give back to those who have served.”

Throughout the day, Arlington National Cemetery receives some serious care and respect. Volunteers work from morning to night to prune, plant flowers and shrubs and apply lime to the lawn and general landscape maintenance. TCOT worked alongside the other volunteers to install lightning protection to a white oak and support cables to help preserve two hemlocks.

This year, Baker says this is his seventh time participating in the Renewal and Remembrance Day of Service. When the TCOT crew first started volunteering for this event, the cemetery was losing an average of 25 trees a year to lightning damage. In the past two years, the number has dropped to two trees in two years, both of which are still living.

“This day turned out fantastic, and we really exceeded the expectations of the cemetery personnel,” Baker explains. “The difference from start to finish is phenomenal. It feels great to be able to give back to not only those who have lost their lives but also to those who are still serving to protect our rights and freedoms.” 

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