For nearly a quarter of a century, landscape and lawn care professionals have gathered together at Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) for Renewal & Remembrance, the largest day of service in the industry. This year’s event, unfortunately, could not be held due to COVID-19 as ANC is closed to the public.
On July 20, 2020, in place of the large-scale event that would have taken place, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) held a small closed ceremony and tree planting with remarks by NALP President, Andrew Ziehler, and ANC Superintendent, Charles “Ray” Alexander, Jr.
The following people were on hand to represent the hundreds of volunteers who would have participated in this year’s volunteer service event: past Chairs of Renewal & Remembrance Bruce Allentuck, Phil Fogarty and Walter Wray; current Vice-Chair, Eric Gilbey; current Chair, John Eggleston; and NALP CEO, Britt Wood.
“We are humbled that Arlington National Cemetery is joining together with us to honor the work that the industry has done in service to one of our nation’s most sacred landscapes,” said Wood. “We hope that everyone comes together on Monday afternoon to watch the ceremony, taking a moment to reflect on the positive impact that lawn and landscape professionals can make in our nation.”
This year’s Renewal & Remembrance ceremony and video are produced through the enduring support of our partners ExMark/Z Turf Equipment, Gravely, New Holland, John Deere, SiteOne, and Stihl.
Join NALP next year on July 19, 2021, for the annual day of service at Arlington National Cemetery.