The eighth annual Saluting Branches event starts on Wednesday, September 28, at the Fort Harrison VA Medical Center and state veterans cemetery outside Helena, Montana. According to the Montana VA press release, over 25 volunteers across Montana will be at the 138-acre campus to trim and maintain the trees, ensuring it stays beautiful for veterans and their families who visit. 

“We are grateful to these Saluting Branches volunteers and their dedication to Montana’s Veterans,” said Dr. Judy Hayman, Executive Director for the Montana VA Health Care System (MTVACHS). “We have a beautiful campus, and each time a Veteran and their family is on-site, I hope that this environment is a reminder of the incredible community support Montanas have for our veterans.”

Since one in every Montanan is a Veteran, MTVACHS admires the ongoing support of local and regional organizations for Montana Veterans. Arborist Tom Moliter says each volunteer deeply appreciates the men and women who serve or have previously served in the military, making it possible for citizens to have the freedoms people use every day. “Arborists from across Montana are coming together to do what we do best – provide exceptional tree care – to keep our Veteran’s state cemetery and other Veterans’ facilities safe and beautiful for all who visit,” Moliter said. 

Several organizations and businesses support the Montana Saluting Branches. Some organizations that support soluting branches include the Montana Nursery & Landscape Association, the city of Helena Parks and Recreation, Mountain Tree Company of Missoula, the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, and more.