It was a day of service at the Indiana Veterans' Home today.
90 tree industry professionals and volunteers came out to serve the ones who once served us.
50 trees were planted in honor of the 50 soldiers that never returned home from the Vietnam war.
Some trees in the area had to come down for safety reasons. The Indiana Department of Natural resources came up with the idea of replacing the area with new trees that will honor fallen soldiers.
Carrie Tauscher, Community and Urban Forestry Coordinator said she’s honored to be apart of making the memorial grove.
“For me there's nothing better to recognize people we've lost than buy doing something big. You know you can plant a tree but to plant a grove, that's a very different type of impact so I'm just super happy this was able to happen,” said Tauscher.
Tauscher said she’s especially grateful for everyone the vets that risked their lives as well as the the volunteers who came out to honor them.
"I just want to thank our vets. We wouldn't have this day of service without their sacrifice. I want to thank all of the volunteers that came out, there are so many companies bringing so much gear and making all this happen,” Tauscher said as she held back tears.
Tauscher says $75,000 worth of tree work has been put forth today by those volunteering their time.