Photo provided by the Professional Landcare NetworkOn July 22, 2013, members of PLANET, the national landscape industry association, spent the day preserving and enhancing the landscape at Arlington National Cemetery for the 17th annual Renewal & Remembrance beautification project.

Hundreds of PLANET members, from coast to coast, traveled to our nation’s capital for the largest landscape industry day of service.

On this special volunteer day, landscape industry professionals dedicated their time to enhancing the beauty of Arlington National Cemetery by mulching, pruning, aerating, planting, liming, and cabling trees with lightning protection on more than 150 acres. Known for its rolling green hills and majestic trees, Arlington National Cemetery’s impressive landscape serves as tribute to the service and sacrifice of those laid to rest within its hallowed grounds.

“PLANET and its members feel truly privileged to be able to give back in this way to honor America’s veterans and heroes each year,” said Glenn Jacobsen, Landscape Industry Certified, president of PLANET. “Renewal & Remembrance is also an important day for our children to begin to understand the sacrifice given for our country and why Arlington National Cemetery means so much to all of us.”

Many PLANET members brought their children to Renewal & Remembrance. Children between the ages of 3 and 12 participated in a special program where they planted perennials on the cemetery grounds. Two children of PLANET members also got to participate in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Several PLANET member volunteers are also veterans. “As a military veteran and landscape professional, I have a personal connection to Renewal & Remembrance,” said Bob Brophy, PLANET member and former combat medic, 2nd Squadron, 1st Calvary Regiment in Vietnam. “My Army unit was as close as brothers could be, and coming to Arlington’s National Cemetery each year to beautify the grounds, allows me to pay tribute to my friends and other veterans, our true heroes.”