“Saluting Branches” Beautifies Veterans Cemeteries

Tree trimming companies across the Ozarks came together Wednesday to trim the trees in Springfield National Cemetery and the Missouri Veterans Cemetery.

They did it all for free.

The companies joined together as part of a national event called “Saluting Branches.” The event is organized by a veterans organization which aims to maintain the beauty and safety of the nation’s veteran cemeteries by trimming and caring for the cemetery trees.

Joshua Beck, who served in the Army’s 82nd Airborne Division, told OI that it was his honor to donate his time and talents to honor those who gave their lives in service to our country.

“We’re out here beautifying and maintaining and keeping safe the resting spot for our fallen brothers and sisters,” Beck said. “It’s humbling seeing everyone take time out of their day for those who gave all they had to give, who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This is a small token from most of us to be able to spend our day here and make their resting spot a little nicer.”

This year was the first time that the local tree companies worked at both cemetery locations. In addition to trimming and removing diseased trees, the group also planted over 100 new trees at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery.

Nationally, the organization says three to four million dollars of tree care is donated every year.

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