Lakewood parks employees work to honor military

Published on September 29, 2022

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Lakewood parks employees work to honor military service men and women

Sept. 29, 2022 - City of Lakewood arborists and park employees, along with thousands of others across the nation, donated a full day’s work on Wednesday, Sept. 28 to honor America’s military service men and women during Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance, the largest volunteer event in the tree care industry.

Millions of Americans pay their respects each year at national and state veterans’ cemeteries and properties. Saluting Branches brings together arborist experts to improve the beauty and safety of the trees located in these hallowed sites. This marked the seventh annual day of service, which reached 80 national cemeteries across 49 states along with one in Mexico.

Seventeen Lakewood employees volunteered their time at the Fort Logan National Cemetery for the event, joining 125 other local volunteers from eight Colorado municipalities and 25 private contractors to complete a year’s worth of work for the cemetery honoring veterans. Across the nation volunteers have donated tens of thousands of hours of service performing pruning, removals, stump grinding, plantings, health evaluations, insect and disease treatments, totaling over $2.6 million worth of services since the program began in 2015. 

“It is very humbling to be part of such a powerful and meaningful national event such as Saluting Branches. Sharing our forestry and parks staff time and talents is the least we can do to give back to those who have served in the Armed Forces,” said Lakewood Forestry Supervisor Luke Killoran. 

Saluting Branches is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and honoring veterans. Visit SalutingBranches.org to get involved. There are volunteer, donor and partnership opportunities available for both industry and nonindustry supporters.

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