For the last three years, we have proudly been involved with Saluting Branches, an organization that unites arborists and tree care professionals around the nation to provide support for Veteran remembrance. The concept of the organization centers around creating safe and beautiful spaces for all loved ones, community members, and visitors to enjoy while honoring and remembering the lives of our fallen soldiers. Safety and beautification are achieved through the annual care and maintenance of the trees at 119 Veteran cemeteries across the U.S.
It has been our honor to volunteer at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, located in Point Loma, each year as our contribution to Saluting Branches. In 2018, our team included two arborists and three arborist assistants who participated in the pruning of several different species of trees throughout the cemetery, along with the help of 10 other local San Diego arborists. Some of the other tasks that were delegated among volunteers included:
- Brush and debris clearance
- Pruning shrubs
- Helping set-up and take-down
- Greeting volunteers
- Checking-in volunteers
- Organizing communication and food/beverages
- Photography and videography
We are grateful to have been chosen as the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery site leader for the 2019 Saluting Branches, set to take place on September 18th. As a site leader, we will proudly coordinate and delegate all work and equipment amongst the tree care professionals onsite that day. Saluting Branches is always welcoming any volunteers, whether they be interested in field work or other opportunities. For more information please visit https://www.salutingbranches.org.