WASHINGTON (NBC News) For the past 22 years, landscape professionals have been making an annual pilgrimage to volunteer their expertise at Arlington National Cemetery.
They take care of irrigation systems, keep the grass healthy and build where they need to.
For dozens of workers, it is one day in a lifetime of service.
“Arlington Cemetery is already beautiful so we’re here to participate, do what we can to make it look a little better,” said volunteer landscaper Mike Felts.
Roger Phelps spent eight years in the Navy and he is at the cemetery honoring a classmate lost on 9/11, letting him know he is not forgotten.
“He was in one of the planes that went in to the Pentagon, and that’ll be hard. But hey, we live on, and that’s the other part of this story,” said Phelps.
There are about 400 volunteers working on the cemetery grounds from all over the country, and some of them are using it as an opportunity to learn about sacrifice, and what it means.