The owners of Azalea Inn and Gardens have a firm commitment to the military: active duty, retired and deceased, to honor their service whereever and whenever possible, and for the second year in a row this Savannah Inn joins PLANET at Arlington National Cememtery for Renewal and Remembrance on July 9, 2012. PLANET is an acronym for Professional Landcare Network, and for 16 years this organization has drawn hundreds of volunteers in the landscape and lawn care profession from across the country. They spend the day mulching, cabling and installing lightening protection for trees, pruning, planting, and liming and aerating more than 200 acres. Mike Jacobson is an irrigation specialist and has volunteered to oversee the installation of new irrigation products which are being donated by his employer, Jain Irrigation USA. Last year as one of the Irrigation Association (IA) volunteers Mike (known as Jake at the inn) and Teresa worked on the addition of new irrigation components at the receiving vault, a historic building dating back to the Civil War. The volunteers and staff also upgraded the irrigation system at the columbarium, where cremated remains are interred.
On July 7, Teresa and Jake will once again drive to Arlington, this time accompanied by the four daughters of a Fort Stewart soldier (and his wife): Madison, Mackenzie and twins, Colby and Kendall. These four girls though not biologically connected to the inn owners have honored Teresa and Jake by calling them Grammie-T and Grandpa Jake. They are eager to honor their military roots by joining the Children’s Program at Arlington National Cemetery. They will be supervised in planting perennials and participate in the laying of the wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, honoring America’s veterans, while Teresa and Jake are working in their part of the cemetery.
The innkeepers and their charges will also spend time touring the WWII, Vietnam and Korean War Memorials, as well as the Women in Military Service for America Memorial which includes the service record of Teresa “Petty” Scott Gleason, aunt of innkeeper, Teresa, as well as the service records of Teresa and her sister, Sharon M. Scott. A visit to DC would not be complete without seeing the newly opened memorial to Martin Luther King, the FDR and Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument, to name but a few.
Azalea Inn and Gardens is a proud supporter of our Military and want to remind all members of the Armed Services that we welcome you every day of the year with special Active Duty and Retired pricing. Call us today or visit us online.