Steven VanHoven Of Arlington, Va., National Cemetery, Says Storm Damage Exceeded That From Hurricane

6:14 PM, Jul 9, 2012   |    comments
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- The cleanup continues at Arlington National Cemetery after a strong summer storm took out thirty trees ten days ago.

"Three or four of them were some of the older, bigger trees in the cemetery that were 200 to 225 years old," said Stephen VanHoven with Arlington National Cemetery. "This damage to the trees definitely exceeded that from Hurricane Irene."

On Monday, local cleanup crews got hep from hundreds landscapers from all over the country as part of the Professional Landcare Network's 16th Annual Renewal and Remembrance project.

"This is some small way of saying thank you to the people that gave their lives so that I can run my business," said Don Zerby who runs a lawn care company in Ohio.

Zerby's come all the way to Arlington National Cemetery to help keep these sacred grounds green. He's joined by nearly 400 members of the Professional Landcare Network who are donating $200,000 worth of materials, manpower, and equipment.

"We get to come here and do what we do best for the folks that gave their all," said Phil Fogarty with the Professional Landcare Network. "We come here to Arlington as a people to heal around green plants. As the grass grows we heal a bit better. For us, it's a giant green blanket that's covering our heroes and comforting their families, and once a year we get to come here and tuck them in."


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