When people think of honoring New Hampshire veterans, a lot of images come to mind. There are Veteran’s Day parades, ceremonies remembering those lost, and flags hung in honor of the men and women who fight for our country.
However, on Wednesday, September 21st, tree care professionals from across the state will honor veterans they best way they can—pruning trees and landscaping at the State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
National Cemeteries are visited by millions of families and loved ones paying their respects to veterans—and many don’t have professional arborists caring for their trees. Saluting Branches, a non-profit organization, saw an opportunity to make a difference by doing what they do best; caring for trees. Locally, they’re partnering with a ton of organizations, including Unitil Corporation and All About Trees.
According to Saluting Branches, the event will bring much needed arboricultural services to all 104 acres in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, including pruning trees for structure and safety, removing hazardous trees, and tree health care practices in order to keep veteran’s cemeteries safe, beautiful sanctuaries for all who visit.
It was started by a group of arborists in Minnesota looking to give back to military troops and since has evolved into a national project of caring for trees at veteran properties across the country. New Hampshire is one of 24 states participating in this nationwide event, which will end up equating to 8,000 hours of tree care services and over $1 million in donated services.
While the time has passed to accept volunteers for this year’s event, you can share the word by following Saluting Branches on Facebook and Twitter. You can also sign up for updates on Saluting Branches’ website to be notified when volunteer spots open up for next year’s event.
You can also visit the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetary in Boscawen 7 days a week, from sunrise to sunset.