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Celebration Of Renewal & Remembrance At Arlington National Cemetery
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From Marcia Massenberg:

HERNDON, Va., July 14, 2011 — The beautification of Arlington National Cemetery isn’t the only thing that will stir emotions this year at the15th annual Renewal & Remembrance project to be held Monday, July 25, 2011, by the Professional Landcare Network (PLANET). PLANET is the national association of lawn care and landscape professionals. 

As an added feature of the Children’s Program this year, children 10 to 12 years old were asked to submit an essay that explained why they feel Arlington National Cemetery is so important to our nation, and why they should be chosen to help lay the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The winners of the inaugural essay contest are Erin Rigsbee, age 11 of Colfax, North Carolina and Tessa Pinkerton, age 11 of Mt. Orab, Ohio.

“I would like to lay the wreath so that I can show my respect and do it in honor of all of the kids whose moms and dads didn’t make it home,” wrote Rigsbee.


Pinkerton stated, “Another reason Arlington Cemetery is important is because when people visit there, they start to think more about what people are doing for our country.”


The Children’s Program, now in its eighth year, brings another dimension of learning, giving, and sentimentality to the whole event, which is the largest outdoor, green industry volunteer project in the nation. Renewal & Remembrance brings together hundreds of landscape, lawn care, and tree care companies from across the nation. They come at their own expense, with their crews, and spend the day mulching, cabling trees with lightening protection, pruning, liming, planting, aerating the grounds, and providing additional services. Their gift, valued at more than $250,000 this year, brings the total contributed from this project to more than $2 million to date.


PLANET is the association of members who create and maintain the QUALITY OF LIFE in communities across America. With more than 3,600 member companies and affiliates, these firms and their employees represent more than 100,000 green industry professionals. Some of these professionals have taken the extra step of becoming certified through PLANET and bear the distinction of being known as Landscape Industry Certified.

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