Saluting Branches is a national day of service where tree care professionals volunteer their time and skills to care for trees and landscapes at national cemeteries, in honor of our nation’s veterans.
The City of Billings Mountview Cemetery is part of this year’s national group of volunteers coming together to improve the beauty and safety of trees located on property dedicated to veterans.
Sept. 20, 2023, will mark the inaugural event for Billings, and the ninth annual day of service for the nonprofit Saluting Branches: Arborists United for Veteran Remembrance.
Mountview Cemetery was selected for the event by local company CM Tree Service & Removal. Additional local companies will be donating their time and services.
The event kicks off with an opening ceremony at 8 a.m., and will include remarks from Mayor Bill Cole. The public is welcome to attend.
Several sections of the cemetery will be closed off throughout the day, with normal visitation resuming by 5 p.m. The cemetery closes at 10 p.m.
More than 1,500 veterans are laid to rest at Mountview Cemetery.
“Through the Saluting Branches event, we humbly honor those that serve, and offer our service toward creating a safer, stronger, and more beautiful place for the resting of these departed brothers and sisters.”
The work typically involves pruning, planting, and removing dead or hazardous trees and branches.
The volunteers work throughout the day, taking breaks and lunch together as a group.
By caring for trees and landscapes, volunteers improve the appearance and safety of the cemeteries, which are important symbols of our nation’s history and service.