Children of the Fallen™ to Plant Memorial Tree at Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Fayetteville organizations partner to observe Arbor Day and honor fallen heroes


Fayetteville, NC – March 15, 2013 – The Army’s Army, in partnership with the Cape Fear Botanical Garden, the City of Fayetteville Joint Appearance Commission, Cardinal Landscaping, the NC Forest Service, and the Fayetteville Public Works, will host the Children of the Fallen at a memorial tree planting in recognition of Arbor Day and in honor of fallen military heroes.  The event will take place from 3:45-5:00pm on Monday, March 18th at the Cape Fear Botanical Garden.

Children of the Fallen was established by the Army’s Army as a mentoring program to help children who have lost a parent or guardian in the war.  Through this program, and the continued support from partners and members, they are able to host fun, interactive events for surviving families, as well as pair children with supportive mentors.

“Children of the Fallen hold a special place in the hearts of our community members, as their parents have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedoms.  Bringing them into the garden and giving them the opportunity to plant a tree taps them into a powerful natural rhythm that, despite their past experiences, can hopefully help them to accept their loss and find hope in the promise of new life,” commented Janine West, Executive Director of the Army’s Army.   The memorial tree planted will be a gingko biloba.  Gingko trees, like many of our military heroes, are known for their extreme tenacity and ability to survive in hostile environments.

The Arbor Day event will include several activities for both children and families, beyond the memorial tree planting.  As special guests, Children of the Fallen will make a paper flower pot and plant a sunflower to take home and watch grow.  They will also receive a tree seedling and an educational gift bag, while enjoying free refreshments.

If you would like to make a donation to the Army’s Army to help support initiatives like the Children Of The Fallen Mentoring Program, please contact Janine West at (910)709-9671 or [email protected]


About The Army’s Army:

The Army’s Army is a nationally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit volunteer organization made up of citizens and businesses who have pledged their support to those in the military. We do everything we can to make soldiers, veterans and their families feel welcome, appreciated and safe. The Army’s Army is dedicated to “watching over those who watch over us©.” For additional information, please visit www.armysarmy.comor