Arborists trim trees to honor veterans

A silhouette sculpture sits between two pine trees in the cemetery at the Indiana State Veterans' Home in West Lafayette.
A silhouette sculpture sits between two pine trees in the cemetery at the Indiana State Veterans' Home in West Lafayette.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Arborists are honoring veterans across the country in a very unique way on Saluting Branches Day.

To keep veteran cemeteries safe from falling trees and branches, the groups go in and cut down dead trees. The Department of Natural Resources was at the Indiana Veterans’ Home in West Lafayette to remove three of them.

Volunteers said it’s a way for them to use their skills to pay tribute to veterans.

“You can ask any person out here today. The reason they’re up here, the reason they’re taking a day off of work is because we owe our veterans a lot for the freedoms that we have,” said Indiana Department of Natural Resources arborist Carrie Taucher.

Taucher said tree removal is necessary to maintain the beauty and health of the property.

“This site, with it having so many large mature oak trees, has enough work for us to come back for the next three to five years and just do tree work. But definitely reforesting and replanting is a big part of that,” said Taucher.

Volunteers said they’ll be back again to remove more trees in the near future.

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