Stihl Inc., a member of the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the national trade association for landscape and lawn care industry professionals, participated in Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on July 28.
Every July, hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals from across the nation bring their crews to Arlington National Cemetery to spend the day mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightning protection for trees, pruning, planting, liming, and aerating the soil.
“Our members look forward to this opportunity each year to give back to the individuals who gave their lives for their country,” said PLANET President Jim McCutcheon, Landscape Industry Certified. “We consider it a privilege to be able to volunteer our time and talents to such a worthwhile project.” Many PLANET members have special connections at the cemetery either through relatives and friends who are buried there or through their own military service.
The day began at Arlington National Cemetery with a ceremony featuring a joint color guard and speaker presentations to dedicate the day of work and helping to maintain these hallowed grounds.
“We are honored to join with other landscape industry professionals from around the country to care for the historic grounds at Arlington National Cemetery,” said Roger Phelps (pictured foreground), promotional communications manager at Stihl Inc. “It is a way for us to pay tribute to the men, women and families who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
PLANET partnered on the event with the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS), and the event’s Platinum sponsors were Caterpillar, Inc. and New Holland Construction.