Renewal and Remembrance: A Day of Growth and Gratitude

Posted by Rowena Winkler on 7/20/18 1:01 PM  |  3 min read time

On Monday, July 16, the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) brought together hundreds of volunteers for the largest service event in the landscape industry: Renewal and Remembrance. For over 20 years, NALP’s annual Renewal and Remembrance event honors America’s veterans and provides an opportunity for landscape industry leaders to assist in the beautification of the most sacred grounds in the US.


Vectorworks volunteers at Renewal and Remembrance.

For the ninth year in a row, a group of Vectorworks volunteers traveled to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia to participate. To kick off the event, all attendees gathered for an opening ceremony that featured several speakers, including: Jeff Buhler, NALP President; Colonel Jerry Farnsworth, Chief of Staff, Army National Military Cemeteries; and Tom Shotzbarger, Shotzbarger, Inc. 

In addition, this year’s keynote speaker was Priscilla E. Quackenbush, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), United States Army Nurse Corps, who encouraged volunteers to pause during their service activities and notice how coins have been left on some of the headstones.

She explained how each coin has a different meaning:

  • A penny means you have simply visited with the deceased.
  • A nickel means that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together.
  • A dime means you served with the deceased in some capacity.
  • A quarter means that you were with the deceased at the time of their death.


Quackenbush keynote address.

After the speeches were completed, the volunteers broke out into teams and spent the morning mulching, upgrading sprinklers, cabling and installing lightning protection for the trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating the soil. The Vectorworks team was assigned the aerating task.

“While aeration might be one of the more labor-intensive jobs during Renewal and Remembrance, it was definitely the most satisfying for our group,” said Tyler French, landscape marketing specialist at Vectorworks and volunteer coordinator of the event. “After we finished our assignment, everyone felt accomplished as well as humbled to serve in such a special place.”

VW Volunteers

Vectorworks volunteers at Renewal and Remembrance.

John Eggleston, event chair, was impressed with the Vectorworks volunteers.

“Most of this team was assigned to a task they had never done before,” said Eggleston. “After a good training session, they executed it flawlessly and did a great job!”

“Though this year was just our ninth opportunity to provide service during NALP’s 21st year of Renewal and Remembrance, our coworkers and their families were particularly eager to participate in the lawn improvement, landscaping, and children’s programs that took place throughout the day,” said Eric Gilbey, landscape product marketing manager at Vectorworks and member of the Renewal and Remembrance NALP Committee. “We all left Arlington National Cemetery already looking forward to next year’s event.”

Through Renewal and Remembrance, the landscape industry lends their professional skills to remember those who have served our country in a respectful and noble way. And year after year Vectorworks employees are proud to be a part of it. 

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