Posted on: August 28, 2018 9:00 am
Alban CAT, a member of the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), participated in the annual Renewal & Remembrance at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, July 16th.
This marks the 22nd year that industry professionals have worked to help care for this national burial ground that serves as the final resting spot for more than 400,000 military service men and women and their spouses. Every July, hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals come from across the nation to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in Renewal & Remembrance which is organized by the National Association of Landscape Professionals. They volunteer their time mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightning protection for the trees, pruning, planting, liming and aerating the soil.
It Is A Privilege
“Landscape and lawn care professionals give back to their communities in many ways through-out the year and volunteering at Arlington National Cemetery is very important to those who participate.” said Sabeena Hickman, CAE, NALP CEO. “It is a privilege to be able to volunteer our time and talents to improve the health and beauty of the grounds at Arlington National Cemetery, one of our nation’s most sacred places.”
This year was a hot one with the sun blazing down and the temperatures reaching into the 90s. Alban CAT was paired with the employees from the Association of Montana Turf, Illinois Landscape Contractors, New Holland Construction, Second Nature Lawn Care and ThorneCare Landscape Solutions for the day.
The 18 members of Team 1 were assigned to spread lime in a large portion of the cemetery. Unlike last year, most of our area had to be covered with hand spreaders instead of the tractor due to the hilly terrain and small aisle ways between gravestones. After a long, hot morning of work, the Alban Team paid a visit to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider and ate a Subway lunch, which was provided by the National Association of Landscape Professionals.
When asked about what the day meant to them, Alban CAT Employees Nick Davis and Sara Edwards said:
“It was an honor to serve those who once selflessly served to preserve the freedom of all men, women and children in this country”. – Sara Edwards.
“It was a hot day and I thought Arlington was flatter than the insanely steep hillside it seems to be built on, but it was good to give a little back. [It’s] a small token of civil service in payment to all those that serve, who have served and those who sadly died in service. They’re all heroes.” – Nick Davis
The Alban team consisted of: Allen Shock (Customer Experience), Tim Barnes (Earthmoving Rental), Mike Menges (Earthmoving Sales) and Nick Davis, Sara Edwards, Amanda Everett and Marissa Horsey from the Marketing team.
Not Just Volunteering
Alban’s contribution didn’t end at volunteering; we also donated 2 skid steers and 1 excavator that were used throughout the day for various tasks. Caterpillar, a Platinum Sponsor, also donated equipment including one of the new CAT Utility Vehicles (UTV). In addition to the equipment for use, Alban had a skid steer on display at the entrance of the main hotel.
Alban was proud to participate in such a time honored event and we look forward to participating again next year!