REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--More than 200 fifth-grade students from Madison City elementary schools celebrated Earth Day today at the Path to Nature on Redstone Arsenal.

Local leaders, including Col. John Hamilton, US Army Garrison-Redstone Commander, Mayor Paul Finley, Mayor of Madison, Dr. Dee Fowler, Madison City School Superintendent, Ms. Mary Scott Hunter, Alabama Board of Education representative, and Ms. Betina Johnson, Environmental Protection and Utility Branch Chief, US Army Corps of Engineers Support Center-Huntsville, planted a tree at the Path to Nature in honor of Earth Day.

"It's important for us to find the balance between defending our country and taking care of the environment," Hamilton said. "It takes all of us together in the community and on the Arsenal to preserve what we already have."

The children had an afternoon full of educational activities that allowed them to learn more about the environment and why it is important to Redstone Arsenal and the surrounding community.

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