Renewal and Remembrance returns to Arlington National Cemetery for 20th year

On Monday, July 11, hundreds of NALP members will gather at Arlington National Cemetery to help beautify a large part of the cemetery’s historic grounds as part of Renewal & Remembrance.

This is the 20th year for the event, which was started by the lawn care members of the Professional Lawn Care Association of America as a way to give back to our nation when they visited Washington D.C. each year for Legislative Day on the Hill.

The event has grown over the years and now includes approximately 400 volunteers. NALP works with the horticulture staff at Arlington National Cemetery to determine the projects that will be undertaken. This year the scope of work will change slightly. Due to the positive impact of several years of lime applications at Arlington, lime isn’t required this year, instead the scope of work includes phosphorous application, aeration, irrigation installation and repairs, tree cabling and lightning protection, and landscape and hardscape projects. Teams will be using push spreaders and walk-behind aerators to allow application and aeration in tight areas and between tombstones.

“It is an honor to celebrate 20 years of partnership with Arlington National Cemetery; helping to ensure that the grounds are as healthy and beautiful as possible,” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, CEO NALP. “Many lawn care and landscape companies come back every year, which shows the commitment that our industry has to caring for our treasured National landmarks.”

Renewal & Remembrance is held in conjunction with Legislative Day on the Hill. Legislative Day on the Hill is open to the entire industry, while registration for Renewal & Remembrance is open to NALP members and participation is limited, so early registration is encouraged.

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The event is produced with support form Platinum Sponsors New Holland Construction and Caterpillar, Inc., Gold Sponsors Dow Agrosciences, Kubota, John Deere and Nufarm and Silver sponsors Bartlett Tree Experts, Bayer, Ewing, CNA, L.T. Rich Products, FMC Corporation, PBI Gordon Corporation, STIHL Inc., Schiller Grounds Care, Syngenta and Toro.