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A record number of Ariens Company employees participated in the National Association of Landscape Professionals’ (NALP) Renewal & Remembrance event at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, July 17, 2017. This marks the 21st year that industry professionals have worked to help care for the national burial ground that serves as the final resting spot for more than 400,000 military service men and women and their spouses.
Every July, hundreds of landscape and lawn care professionals come from across the nation to Arlington National Cemetery to participate in Renewal & Remembrance, which is organized by NALP. They volunteer their time mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightning protection for trees, pruning, planting, liming and aerating the soil.
The event is sponsored by Gravely®, Ariens Company’s commercial brand of zero-turn lawn mowers, designed for landscape professionals. Gravely and its employees have joined NALP at this event as both sponsors and volunteers for more than 10 years. For the event, Gravely provides all volunteers with safety vests, which are required to work on the premises. Gravely also sponsors the opening night reception, and this year gave away 24 YETI tumblers, branded with the Gravely logo, in addition to a YETI cooler for one grand prize winner.
“Renewal and Remembrance is an important event for Gravely, and is something that our employees look forward to participating in every year,” said Ariens Company Manager of National Business Development Dave Ramirez. “Gravely employees have volunteered at Arlington for more than a decade, and it’s something that we all consider a great honor. For the industry, this event allows us to use our talents to beautify one of our nation’s most sacred places, and Gravely is proud to play a small part in this massive effort.”
NALP members were also joined by members of the National Hispanic Landscape Alliance and the Professional Grounds Management Society.
“Our members look forward to this opportunity each year to give back to the individuals who made personal sacrifices for their country,” said NALP CEO Sabeena Hickman. “We consider it a privilege to be able to volunteer our time and talents to improve the health and beauty of the grounds at Arlington National Cemetery, one of our nation’s most sacred places.”
For more information, visit www.loveyourlandscape.org and www.gravely.com.