In the days leading up to Veteran’s Day each year, veterans are invited select Christmas trees from the tree farm to cut for the Operation Evergreen program. Elementary students, high school students and community groups also participate by making ornaments.This year groups from Bluffton, Cory-Rawson, Hardin Northern, and Tiffin participated. The Lima Beane Chorus also stopped by to perform a some religious and patriotic songs.
The trees and ornaments then go from the farms to the Ohio Department of Agriculture where they are inspected and shipped to U.S. troops stationed overseas.
This year’s Operation Evergreen tree inspection and loading event is at the Ohio Department of Agriculture on Nov. 13. Operation Evergreen is possible thanks to $16,000 in donations to cover the shipping cost of the program.
For more on Operation Evergreen, contact Amy Galehouse at Galehouse Tree Farms at 330-658-2480 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the OCTA office at 740-828-3331 or email@example.com.