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Hundreds of volunteers are heading to Arlington Cemetery today to do supplemental landscaping work to beautify the military burial ground.
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Hundreds of volunteers are heading to Arlington Cemetery today to do supplemental landscaping work to beautify the military burial ground.

This event is put on by Planet, a green organization who says they want this community service project to be a gift to the American people.

Organizer Jerry Grossi says they expect to have about 400 volunteers this morning at Arlington National Cemetery, where they will do approximately $200,000 dollars worth of landscaping work.

That includes lyming, mulching, pruning, planting, and installing an irrigation system.

"We're doing a lot of projects that Arlington would normally not do," says Grossi. "These projects are expensive, and we want to donate them to Arlington."

The group is donating approximately $200,000 worth of services including liming, planting, and mulching.

Former Army Corporal Jeff McCory volunteered after serving seven tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. "I have a friends who have family buried here, so it's sort of a tribute to them," he says. "You never appreciate life until the option of it not being there is in front of you."

Hundreds of volunteers with the group are also expected to be on Capitol Hill tomorrow morning to discuss the project and other environmental issues.

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