Mountain Hospice in Randolph County is teaming up with the city of Elkins, Mary's Greenhouse, Terra Flora Landscaping and AES to replace trees around the All Veterans Memorial.
Trees at the memorial, located at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Harrison Avenue in Elkins, have been damaged by storms, including last year's Superstorm Sandy. Many of the trees have been battered by the weather and four of them are dead.
The memorial's "Light of Life," featuring lights put up to remember lost loved ones, suffers due to the condition of the trees.
The tree replacement event will take place Wednesday starting at 7 a.m. The damaged trees will be extracted and new ones will be planted, with a clean-up planned for the site.
The trees and shrubbery will be supplied and planted by Terra Flora Landscaping and Mary's Greenhouse. AES, the company that placed windmills locally, has supplied a bucket truck for the event.
The cost of the work will exceed $5,000, which is more than the Monument Committee, which mows, pays the electric bills and generally oversees the monument, have available. This is why Mountain Hospice has stepped in and are accepting monetary donations along with volunteer support from the community.
The public can volunteer by coming to the site on Wednesday morning to help with the cleanup. Supporters can also make monetary donations at www.mountainhospice.com (just note it is for the Veteran Memorial Tree Fund). Donations can also be mailed to: Mountain Hospice, Veteran Tree Memorial Fund, 1002 South Crim Avenue, Belington, WV 26250.