Local Tree Service Companies Support Saluting Branches Program

Tree care professionals from local tree service companies will unite at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth for a volunteer day of service dedicated to veterans.

Saluting Branches, Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance, is a nonprofit organization honoring veterans by donating tree care at veteran properties.

Celebrating the fourth annual day of service on Thursday, Sept. 20, nearly 2,500 tree industry professionals across the nation will donate a full day by doing what they do best: caring for trees.

Participating local companies will be announced later, said event organizer Michael Zimmerman of Zimmerman Tree Service in Lake Worth.

Volunteer tree work at the 313-acre cemetery will begin by 8:30 a.m. that Thursday with arborists providing expertise in tree structure, invasive insects, diseases and best management practices for tree health.

“We join with tree care companies around the country to honor our nation’s veterans by providing free tree care services,” said Sonny R. Peppers, director of the South Florida National Cemetery. “Together we make these cemeteries safer, more beautiful resting places for those veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”

Saluting Branches is a nonprofit organization dedicated to recognizing and honoring America’s veterans. In 2017, Saluting Branches was the largest one-day volunteer event in the tree industry with more than 2,200 participants. A total of 467 companies and organizations put in an estimated 17,600 hours in one day at 45 locations across the country. More than $2.2 million in services were donated by arborists doing the work they love. Learn more at www.salutingbranches.org.