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Washington Crossing National Cemetery

 It’s been a busy last couple of months for volunteers at the Philly Post.  Our friends at Tetra Tech (Carl Rodzewich and Diane Lucas) brought us two excellent opportunities at WCNC – one related to the scatter garden and the other involving the Avenue of Flags.


The landscaping and stormwater management at WCNC’s scatter garden needed an upgrade.   The Philly Post WCNC committee conducting site visits that allowed Maser Consulting to develop conceptual design options for the WCNC to evaluated.  The final landscape design plan included erosion control solutions designed by Tetra Tech.  Lewis Environmental donated two days of labor and Foley Cat to construct a new secondary retaining wall and drainage system in support of the overall design.  The team solicited plant donations from local nurseries who provided over 100 deer-resistant plants and organized a planting day that included over 30 volunteers from multiple SAME member firms, Conwell Egan High School, and a local VFW post.  These efforts yielded a significant upgrade to the scatter garden making it a more attractive and resilient feature of WCNC.   


The Avenue of Flags is an important patriotic feature at veteran’s cemeteries.  The Guardians of the WCNC reached out to Tetra Tech to gain SAME assistance to drill holes for new flag poles.  The Committee responded by identifying a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small business out of Wilmington Delaware to lead this project (TWS Environmental). TWS provided the project management, mark out, and labor for this endeavor and convinced Sunbelt Rentals to donate a bobcat auger.  In the end, this team sunk 22 holes to complete the Avenue of Flags and to ensure that this feature continues to reinforce patriotism and national pride at WCNC.


The Philly Post Board of Directors, would like to say “thank you” to everyone that volunteered for these projects!  A special thanks to Feeney’s Nursery, Clearview Nursery and Maser Consulting for foliage donations, Tetra Tech for their donation of Riprap stone and the Philly Post WCNC Committee: Chairwoman Laura Saunders (Maser Consulting), Mike Hanson (Verina Consulting Group), Dustin Kapson (AKRF), Stavios Patselas (Tetra Tech), Diane Lucas (Tetra Tech), Gerald DeFelicis (Maser Consulting), and Carl Rodzewich (Tetra Tech), and our construction partners: Lewis Environmental and TWS Environmental


Please check https://www.same.org/Philadelphia from time-to-time to identify additional volunteer opportunities and be on the lookout for an announcement regarding the 1st Annual Veteran’s Career Fair hosted by the Philly Post in 2020 – you won’t want to miss it.



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