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Butler Nelson Historic Cemetery Hosts Saluting Branches

Butler Nelson Memorial Park includes two historic cemeteries.  Today, the park is a link to local African Americans, many of whom came to Dallas before 1865. Among those buried here are business owners; civil rights activists; pastors; doctors; educators, four for whom local schools are named; and military veterans of conflicts dating to the Spanish-American War. Their lives and the history of all interred here are commemorated in this park.

Saluting Branches is a united industry-wide Arboriculture initiative to express our appreciation and gratitude for the sacrifices and services our military forces have provided to our nation.  This is the second year Butler Nelson Cemetery has hosted this event.  On October 5th, 2022, 77 volunteers gathered at Butler Nelson Cemetery to provide tree maintenance and beautify the landscape.  The Lincoln HS JROTC, lead by First Sergeant Henderson, posted the colors during the opening ceremony and a total of 32 Cadets participated in dragging brush and hand pruning.  The Cadets received instruction from TFS Regional Urban Forester Mike Sills, Marc Beaudoing Urban Forester Plano and Amy Heath owner of Texas Tree Surgeons.  Dallas Parks and Public Works Forestry teams showed up with bucket trucks, chippers, and skid steers to remove dead and storm damaged trees.  Coffee and donuts were donated by Sam Hill Tree Care.  Lunch was provided by Trinity Blacklands Urban Forestry Council and Husqvarna rep, Zack Eby provided raffle items.  The weather was perfect, and all volunteers went home safe.  We left the cemetery in better and safer condition than we found it.  Everyone is looking forward to participating again next year.


Kristoffer Rasmussen

Saluting Branches Site Leader

TBUFC Special Events Coordinator