SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Trees offer us shade and shelter. Saturday, it was time for some people to pay it back to trees at Springfield National Cemetery.
Dozens of volunteers and tree care experts spent the day restoring the health of the massive trees at the cemetery, trimming dead branches. Organizers say it's important to protect the trees, which many consider pieces of living history.
"People want to come out and plant trees because it's a fun thing to do and it's the right thing to do," said urban forester Cindy Garner. "We should keep planting trees, but many don't have the expertise or maybe they don't desire the work. It's a lot of hard work as you can see here today."
Eighty volunteers spent the day trimming up 350 trees at the cemetery.