22nd Year Spring-Green Lawn Care Joins Renewal and Remembrance

spring-green team renewal and remembrance

For the 22nd year in a row, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) held their annual Renewal and Remembrance service project at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Monday, July 16, 2018. There were over 400 Green Industry Professionals from across the US that worked together to honor the 400,000 of America’s military veterans and their spouses buried at Arlington National Cemetery.

Spring-Green has participated every year since 1996. Renewal & Remembrance first began in 1996 with only 50 volunteers and has grown significantly to become one of the most anticipated association events of the year, with landscape professionals, many of them accompanied by their families, traveling from across the US to participate in this wonderful event.

The team also participates on the annual industry Day on the Hill event – an opportunity to lobby on the Hill and talk to legislators about the issues & challenges green industry companies face.

Renewal and Remembrance Service Day

NALP concludes that projects accomplished to enhance the grounds included:

• 108 acres core aerated,
• 103 acres received lime applications,
• 46 acres received phosphorus,
• 4 trees received lightning protection,
• 3 Irrigation projects completed,
• 1 large retaining wall built, and
• children’s program planted 300 annuals and 15 shrubs at the Mast of the Maine memorial.

Renewal & Remembrance is the largest annual green industry service day in the country.  Those who participated gave back the best way they know how – by providing lawn and landscape services to enhance Arlington National Cemetery. This event has grown so much that work is also completed at the United States Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery, located in Washington, D.C. It is one of the oldest national cemeteries and the final resting place for more than 14,000 veterans, including John A. Logan, who established the first Decoration Day observances.

Jerome Johnson from Raleigh

Tom Warfel, Spring-Green Business Consultant, recruited the help from 4 Spring-Green Franchise Owners and their employees & families to help with the event including Jason Jordan of Rockford, IL, Scott Garcia of  Raleigh, NC, Chris Casselberry of Baton Rouge, LA and Nick Novellino, of Portsmouth, VA. Ten Spring-Green members joined to help beautify Arlington National Cemetery. Tom is a Marine veteran and served two tours of duty in Afghanistan. He takes it upon himself to make all the arrangements and recruit volunteers to be part of the Spring-Green team.

While we work at the cemetery, you read the names of all the veterans who are buried and many who paid the ultimate sacrifice by giving their lives to protect our freedoms. It is both awe inspiring and humbling to see the rolling hills covered by rows and rows of headstones. Every American should make plans to visit this hallowed ground sometime during their life time. You will leave with a renewed appreciation of the sacrifice that so many gave in service to our country. Spring-Green Lawn Care always looks forward to be a part of this incredible event.

21st Anniversary of Renewal and Remembrance

Spring-Green Renewal and Remembrance

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) held their annual Renewal and Remembrance service project at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Monday, July 17, 2017. This event has been organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals for 21 years.

Over 500 Green Industry Professionals from across the US joined together to beautify the final resting place of over 400,000 of America’s military veterans and their spouses. Everyone joined together to spread lime and phosphorus, core aerated large sections of the grounds, completed tree trimming and cabling, and worked on the irrigation system throughout the cemetery grounds. There is also a Children’s Program for the children of those working at the cemetery.

Spring-Green Renewal and Remembrance

The children helped to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, placed flowers on the graves of nurses that are buried in the Nurses Memorial and who participated in World War 1 and planted additional flowers. It was an inspiring site to see all these people in their yellow safety vests working together on a hot, sunny day in our National’s capitol.

This year, NALP arranged for the same work to be completed at the Soldier’s and Airmen’s Home Cemetery in Washington, D. C. The cemetery is located just north of the Armed Forces Retirement Home and is the oldest National Cemetery in the US. It is the final resting place 14,000 veterans, many who fought in the Civil War.

Tom Warfel, Spring-Green Business Consultant, recruited the help of three of our Franchise Owners along with family members or employees to help with the event. In total, 15 Spring-Green people worked at Arlington. Tom is a former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq. Being a part of this program has a special meaning for Tom.

The Spring-Green Team, along with representatives from several other Green Industry companies, spread lime over 17 acres. It was a lot of work, but it pales in comparison. Personally, I have had the honor to participate in this program for at least 10 of the 21 years it has taken place. I never get tired of being there and it has been my honor to be a part of the program. I am already looking forward to next year’s event.

View more photos of this year’s Renewal and Remembrance on the Spring-Green Facebook Page.

20th Anniversary of Renewal and Remembrance

arlington team

Spring-Green staff traveled to Arlington, VA and joined the industry’s largest day of service at Arlington National Cemetery where they serviced 624 acres. This year marked the 20th anniversary for the National Association of Landscape Professional’s annual Renewal and Remembrance Event.

Industry Professionals came from all across the US where they spent the day beautifying the grounds at Arlington National Cemetery. With over 400 lawn care and landscape professionals from across the US we all joined together to spread 88.6 Acres of turf with phosphorus and aerated another 92.2 Acres of the cemetery. Other projects included the installation and repair of sprinkler systems in designated parts of the cemetery. Several tree care companies also pruned many of the large trees that cover the grounds.

servicing arlington

Tom Warfel, Business Consultant for Spring-Green Corp, took it upon himself to recruit more of our Franchise Owners to participate in the event. Tom is a former Marine who served two tours of duty in Iraq, so he is especially attuned to this event. Through his diligent efforts, he recruited 7 Franchise Owners along with their employees and families. They joined 5 Spring-Green corporate staff members to bring the total Spring-Green contingency to 25 people.

Spring-Green was the largest group from a single company. 

Completing this work at the cemetery is both awe-inspiring and humbling at the same time. There are over 400,000 graves at the cemetery and there are an average of 30 funerals a day. They range from a small, simple ceremony to one that features a military band, honor guard, horse-pulled caisson and 21-gun salute. As the volunteers work, they must always be respectful when these funerals are taking place and stop working during the ceremony.

The area where the Spring-Green team was working is in a newer section of the cemetery.  Newer in the sense that it is the area where the most recent funerals are taking place. I strongly recommend that every American take the time to visit Arlington National Cemetery, pay respect to the men and women who have served in the military that has made America the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Spring-Green has been a proud participant of Renewal and Remembrance since its inception 20 years ago. To view more pictures of Spring-Green staff at the event, visit the Spring-Green Facebook page. For more information on Renewal & Remembrance visit: www.landscapeprofessionals.org