More than 60 members of the Fort McCoy community stepped out on a sunny afternoon April 29 to participate in the rescheduled Earth Day post cleanup of the cantonment area.
The cleanup, organized by the Fort McCoy Directorate of Public Works (DPW), focused on the west side of the cantonment area where members scoured ditches, woods, and common areas for trash and removed it. The cleanup was rescheduled from April 22 — Earth Day — to April 29 because of rainy weather on April 22.
“Thanks to everyone for helping,” said DPW Director Liane Haun, who also helped with the effort. “This was our chance to team up to clean up Mother Earth.”
People supporting the effort came from all directorates, including DPW; Directorate of Emergency Services; Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; and the Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.
Throughout the effort, dozens of acres were cleared of debris and trash.
According to earthday.org, “every year on April 22, Earth Day marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970.”
The website also states the history of the observance.
“Senator Gaylord Nelson, the junior senator from Wisconsin, had long been concerned about the deteriorating environment in the United States. Then in January 1969, he and many others witnessed the ravages of a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, Calif. Inspired by the student anti-war movement, Senator Nelson wanted to infuse the energy of student anti-war protests with an emerging public consciousness about air and water pollution.”
Every April, Fort McCoy holds events that remember the importance of taking care of the environment, including celebrating Earth Day, Arbor Day, and more.
Fort McCoy’s motto is to be the “Total Force Training Center.” Located in the heart of the upper Midwest, Fort McCoy is the only U.S. Army installation in Wisconsin.
The installation has provided support and facilities for the field and classroom training of more than 100,000 military personnel from all services nearly every year since 1984.
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