ALEXANDRIA, Va., Aug. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, August 10, 2014, The Code of Support Foundation (COSF) and its partners, Green Living Technologies International (GLTI), The Home Depot, Northrop Grumman along with volunteers constructed the "Living Wall of Honor" for post 9/11 Military Veterans. The build was open to the public and brought together members of the military and civilian communities to participate in the creation of a living memorial representing the foundation's bridge home for post 9/11 veterans and their families.
The unprecedented service project was a call to action and kicked off COSF's annual Spirit of '45 Day event at the World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. In 2010, Congress unanimously passed Concurrent Resolution 226 calling for a national "Spirit of '45 Day" to be observed on the second Sunday in August to celebrate the end of World War II and the spirit of service, shared sacrifice and national unity that made victory possible.
"The Living Wall of Honor is the only organic memorial to our nation's fallen heroes over the past 13 years of war, and the Code of Support Foundation's Spirit of '45 Day event, provided an opportunity for every American to recognize today's military service members and their sacrifice," said Major General (Ret) Alan Salisbury, COSF founder and CEO.
In addition to volunteers, participants also included military veterans from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Ensuring Freedom service members, The Honorable Robert L. Gordon III, Colonel (RET), President of Be The Change, Inc., WWII Rosie the Riveters, members of the West Point Alumni Glee Club, and Veteran Artists Program.
Designed by GLTI, The Living Wall of Honor's custom structure spans 16 feet wide by 8 feet high and was comprised of more than 1,000 multi-colored petunias and marigolds, provided by The Home Depot Foundation. The wall, with the help of Team Depot and other volunteers, took approximately one hour to assemble at the WWII Memorial site.
Later that day, the Living Wall of Honor was relocated to the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at the main gate to Arlington National Cemetery where it is expected to remain through September 11, 2014.
The Code of Support Foundation (COFS) was established in 2010 by MG (Ret) Alan B. Salisbury with the mission to engage and leverage the full spectrum of the nation's resources for service members, veterans and their families to receive the support they need and have earned through their service and sacrifice. www.codeofsupport.org
Green Living Technologies, International (GLTI) designs products and provide services that simplify the implementing of environmental technologies for Green Roofs, Green Walls and Vertical Agriculture. The products are all developed in the USA and empower local businesses and communities to create eco-friendly, sustainable environments. www.agreenroof.com
The Home Depot
Since the first The Home Depot store opened in 1979, giving back has been a core value for the Company and a passion for its associates. Today, The Home Depot, in partnership with The Home Depot Foundation, focuses its philanthropic efforts on improving the homes and lives of U.S. military veterans and their families and aiding communities affected by natural disasters. Through Team Depot, the Company's associate-led volunteer force, thousands of associates dedicate their time and talents to these efforts in the communities where they live and work. Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested more than $70 million to provide safe housing to veterans, and along with the help of Team Depot volunteers, has transformed more than 12,000 homes for veterans. www.homedepotfoundation.org
Women In Military Service For America Memorial
The Women's Memorial is the only major national memorial to tell the story of the some 3 million women who've served in America's defense, beginning with the American Revolution. The Memorial and its 33,000 sq. ft. education center are located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, www.womensmemorial.org.
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SOURCE The Code of Support Foundation