On October 30, ServiceSource North Carolina held a Trees of Honor event to recognize the Fallen 13 and other local veterans in the Fayetteville community. This event was held in partnership with Off Road Outreach, the nonprofit organization managing the Veggies for Vets garden outside the Ames Street office.
Trees of Honor is a living tribute to the Fallen 13, the U.S. service members recently killed in the Afghanistan attack on August 26. During this event, ServiceSource and Off Road Outreach recognized these 13 veterans by planting a fruit tree in each of their names. The trees will grow in the new Off Road Outreach/Warrior Bridge memorial garden. In the garden is also a metal tree with the names of the 13 veterans on hanging dog tags. This tree also allows for any future memorial tags to hang from it.
More than 120 people attended, including County Commissioner Glenn Adams. Also in attendance was the Veteran Parachute Jump who jumped in all 13 dog tags, sponsored by Fit Body Boot Camp of Boone Trail, as well as the Cary VFW group providing the 21 Gun Salute and Taps.