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2015 Arlington National Cemetery 
Service Project


2015 Arlington National Cemetery Service Project Crew
On Friday, March 27th, NAFCA performed  our 5th annual fence replacement project at Arlington National Cemetery.

Over these years, we have replaced hundreds of feet of old damaged fencing in various locations throughout the facility.  Some has been with new 6’ high black vinyl coated chain link and framework and some with 4’ high 3-rail black commercial grade aluminum and steel fencing.

This year we removed approximately 250’ linear feet of 4’ chain link and installed Ameristar Montage Commercial Steel Fence in its place.  We had about 35 volunteers from 2 Countries and 8 States to help with the project.

The concrete was donated by Mr. Klevecz of HD Supply Company.  We staged the Project out of Sterling Virginia based Builders Fence Company, owned by Dave Swisher & Ted Hall.

The day before the job, the Weather Channel predicted nice and sunny conditions, but that morning at 5:00 am was nothing of the kind.  Pouring down rain and cold temps greeted us.  The Project had to go in, however,  and everyone showed up in good spirits

The rain quickly subsided and allowed our crews to get to work, and by 2:30 in the afternoon, we were finished.  One crew had to build a makeshift bridge to install 3 sections over the pool of runoff  they were dealt, but the fence turned out beautifully.

I was thanked by Brian Moore, Deputy Superintendent of Arlington National Cemetery and asked to pass along thanks to all who participated from the entire staff, from our country and most of all, from the families of those who serve.

I would like to personally thank all of those members and non-members who donated their time, effort, money and commitment to this year’s project.  It was my pleasure to meet and work with each of you.  It is a true honor to work each year on this project and it is my intention to continue it as long as I am able.  We will never run out of work, as there is always an area in need.

We are seeing more folks bring their younger family members each year and to watch them help is inspiring.  We all get an opportunity to visit the Cemetery on our own time after the project is finished.  The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Eternal Flame, and much more are there for all of us as reminders of the sacrifices that have been made to safeguard us as Americans.

If you ever get a chance and would like to help out one year with this labor of love, through material or financial donations, or by participating in the work on site, please contact us at NAFCA, as we look forward to many more years of service to our country.

Regards,

Scott B. Ruete
USCG Retired
Arlington Chairman

The Arlington National Cemetery Service Project for 2015 was to replace the chain link above with Ameristar Montage Commercial Steel Fence.





 

NAFCA Artifact


NAFCA’S FIRST ARTIFACT came from a project fence job we did at Arlington National Cemetery in April of 2012. 

We were removing 600’ l/ft of 70 year old, 6’ galvanized chain link fence from the right side of the ANC Entrance.  I had seen this large cut off limb of a Cherry Tree the year before and decided that when we removed this section, something should be done with it.




We cut it out carefully and it sat in my garage for a few months.  My wife said to do something with it or get rid of it, so I brought it in to our shop and our Welder, Andrew and I decided to frame this out in aluminum.  Then I thought about framing the whole thing out in CEDAR and putting an American Flag behind it.




The two Bronze Medallions were given to me by the Staff at ANC as well as the casings from a 21 Gun Salute from an actual funeral held at ANC.  These were then installed by Andrew to finish the piece and the rest is History.




It is a very attractive piece that we bring to EXPO’s and other Events as well as to each year’s Annual Arlington Nation Cemetery Project.  It draws a lot of interest and makes me very proud to explain how it became.  It will be enjoyed by many for years to come.

Scott B. Ruete
USCG Retired
Arlington Project Chairman




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