World Fence News

June 2016

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world fence news • june 2016 • 79 About 30 volunteer members of the North American Fence Contrac- tors Association (NAFCA) and part- ners of the organization performed the organization's annual beautification project at Arlington National Ceme- tery on April 1, 2016. The project turned out well, and bad weather that was predicted for the area did not materialize, report- ed NAFCA's ANC project chairman Scott Ruete. "This was a continuation of a se- ries of annual projects to make the Cemetery more presentable to the public and honor the American heroes interred there," he said. Workers took down approximate- ly 430 lineal feet of old damaged chain link fence next to the visitor center (near the staging area for funer- als) and replaced it with 4-foot-high commercial grade aluminum fencing from Ultra Aluminum Mfg., Inc. and commercial grade steel fencing from Ameristar Fence Products. "The difference was amazing and we received praises from the director of Arlington National Cemetery and many others," said NAFCA spokes- person Judy Iams. "The beautifica- tion of the national monument means so much to all of us, and it made us proud to leave it in better condition than when we arrived," she said. Partners in the project includ- ed Log Cabin Fence Co., Builders Fence Co., Ultra Aluminum Mfg., Inc., Ameristar Fence Products, Sier- ra Structures, All Star Fence, Modern Fence Technologies, Metro Fence, Quality Fence & Deck, Contractor Nation, Natural Beauty Fence, Piil Fence, Prost Ltd., Granite Industries, Update: Beautiful weather prevails as NAFCA continues patriotic service project at Arlington National Cemetery Clockwise from above left: (1) The latest results of NAFCA's beautification efforts at ANC. (2) The association's first artifact, which came from the service project the organization did at ANC in April, 2012. It is a section of a cherry tree which was removed from the old chain link fence during renovation. It is embedded with two bronze medallions which were given to NAFCA by the staff of ANC, as well as casings from a 21 gun salute from an actual funeral. (3) NAFCA volunteers were presented with a plaque of appreciation by Katharine Kelley, ANC acting superintendent – left to right are Scott Ruete, Kelley, Ben Jodoin and Bill Iams. (4) A section of old chain link which was replaced in 2015. (NAFCA photos) the Electric Wheelbarrow, Hamp- den Fence, Willis Fence Co., Fence & Deck Connection, Bufftech and World Fence News. Log Cabin Fence set up a trailer in the parking lot and provided food and drink for the workers. Log Cabin also provided a rubber track machine to help with the digging. Contractor Nation provided an au- dio/video crew to document the proj- ect and the result will be available on NAFCA's web site, Iams said. "Ben Jodoin from Ultra Alumi- num had a beautiful aluminum plaque made which reads 'Where Honor Rests' which he presented to the di- rector of Arlington National Ceme- tery and John Gandy, who has been our right hand inside man at Arlington since the beginning of the project," re- ported Ruete. "We cannot thank Mr. Gandy enough for all his continued support to the success of the event each year. He is truly a blessing to us." The fence project took about six- and-a-half hours to complete and then volunteers were able to visit the ceme- tery grounds and memorials. NAFCA held its annual board meeting, followed by a fellowship lunch and an informative seminar pre- sented by Contractor Nation. "All in all, it was an extreme- ly productive day and I cannot say it enough how wonderful it is to work with some of the finest people in our industry at this important piece of American history," Ruete said. Ruete also reported that he is proud that his son, Brian Ruete, has been chosen to serve with the "Old Guard" attached to ANC, beginning this July. The Old Guard is one of the oldest and most respected infantry regiments in the United States Army, and has the responsibility of guarding the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arling- ton National Cemetery as well as es- corting deceased Army service mem- bers to their final rest in the "Gardens of Stone," as Arlington is sometimes called. The Old Guard also serves as the Army's ceremonial unit and, as an active and well-trained infantry regi- ment, is responsible for the protection of Washington, D.C. 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