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Hundreds To Participate In Renewal & Remembrance Day

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Rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.
Rows of headstones at Arlington National Cemetery.

More than 400 people from 30 states are expected to roll up their sleeves and get to work for the 16th annual Renewal & Remembrance Day at Arlington National Cemetery Monday.

They'll be tackling several projects, including an upgrade to the cemetery's irrigation system. Event chairman Walter Wray, a landscape contractor from Bethesda, says the upgrades reflect a change in philosophy about irrigation.

It's a move away from sprinklers broadcasting water over wide swaths of land toward a more targeted approach.

"We're adding a lot of different heads and emitters in places where they used to count on one large rotor to cover a large area," he says.

All of the materials and labor will be donated. Wray says it's a way for landscapers to recognize those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"It's just a great way to give back to our country, and to improve the landscape of some of our most cherished and hallowed grounds here."

The event begins at 7:30 am.

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