July 19 Marks the 25th Anniversary of the Renewal & Remembrance Volunteer Service Event
Arlington, Va., (July 13, 2021) —On Monday, July 19, Shayne Newman, owner of YardScapes Landscape Professionals in New Milford, CT, along with hundreds of landscape industry professionals will convene at Arlington National Cemetery and on the National Mall to offer their specialized skills to protect the historic trees, enhance the turf, and improve irrigation systems.
Newman is also President of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Renewal & Remembrance event, the most significant landscape industry volunteer event in the country organized by the NALP.
YardScapes has participated before, but this year, Shayne will give public remarks and place a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. “Volunteer work is impactful and caring for someone else, or someplace else, is an honor. As landscape professionals, we recognize that green spaces have the power to heal and inspire. That’s why the grounds at Arlington are so important – to help heal those who come to honor and visit loved ones who made that ultimate sacrifice for our country,” commented Newman.
Projects at Arlington National Cemetery include lightning protection for nine historic trees; irrigation repair and upgrades at the Columbarium, the Administration Building, and near the National Park Service’s Arlington House; as well as landscape, hardscape, and landscape lighting projects.
“Our industry is honored to give back to two of our nation’s most important green spaces at Arlington National Cemetery and the National Mall,” said NALP CEO Britt Wood. “Landscape and lawn care professionals are stewards of the environment, and there are no better grounds to protect and enhance than these iconic public spaces.”
New this year, in coordination with the Trust for the National Mall and the National Park Service, approximately 100 landscape and lawn care professionals will help preserve the cherry trees near the Washington Monument. They’ll also perform needle tining and slicing the turf at the West Potomac Park sports fields in preparation for new, durable Bermuda Grass to be installed in the future.
“We are so incredibly grateful for the amazing NALP volunteer crews that will be on the National Mall helping to protect the iconic cherry trees and restore the turf on our very popular ball fields,” said Catherine Townsend, President and CEO of the Trust for the National Mall.
“We are proud to be a partner with NALP and the National Park Service in preserving America’s Front Yard so it can be enjoyed by all who visit,” Townsend added.
Renewal & Remembrance will begin with concurrent opening ceremonies at 7:30 a.m. at the James R. Tanner Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery and at the Cherry Tree Grove near the Washington Monument. The grounds work will commence immediately after the ceremonies. ###
For more information on Renewal & Remembrance, visit www.landscapeprofessionals.org/RR/