By Monique Wong
When a service project needs volunteers in our neighborhoods, ARMN members are always ready to respond at a moment’s notice. On Friday, November 16, a bunch of ARMN volunteers joined members of Casey Trees and Tree Stewards in a community tree-planting event at Fort Myer in Arlington. More than sixty volunteers, divided into groups of 6-8 persons, each led by a group leader, planted twenty-one trees in a matter of three hours.
Among the trees planted were the Japanese Yoshino cherry trees donated by the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
The twenty-one new trees replaced the missing and dying trees near the Old Post Chapel at Fort Myer. The Old Post Chapel serves as the memorial entrance to Arlington National Cemetery and is the setting for important national ceremonies, making this building the most significant chapel within the Department of Defense. The new trees will augment the landscape and the serenity of this venue.
The Community Tree Planting at Fort Myer is made possible by the Army Officers’ Wives’ Club of the Greater Washington Area (AUWCGWA), a non-profit organization seeking to enhance the quality of life of its members and the Military District of Washington community at large.