Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany --
Local activities here April 22 celebrated the 39th observance of Earth Day, an annual worldwide event designed to focus attention on a wide range of environmental issues. But Earth Day 2009 represented tremendous growth from the first one.
“So many people are recycling now. It’s really growing as people realize how important it is to the future. I’m glad to see it,” said John Richard, operations specialist, Base Operations and Civilian Training, Operations and Training Division, Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga.
Richard was on a clean-up team that assembled at building 3500 to receive a safety briefing and supplies necessary to conduct a roadside sweep as part of Earth Day. A total of six roadside teams were fielded by MCLB Albany and Marine Corps Logistics Command to make roadside sweeps here.
Another signature event for Earth Day 2009 was the planting of flowers at the MCLB Albany Child Development Center.
The children weren’t alone in their efforts. Col. C.N. Haliday, commanding officer, MCLB Albany, visited the CDC to work in the flower gardens at the facility’s playground, to assist dozens of children as they dug in the dirt to plant the flowers.
“I’m out here to help celebrate and bring attention to Earth Day,” said Haliday. “It was great to be with the kids down in the dirt, get a little dirty and get out of the office in this great weather. Earth Day is a symbolic event to show the things we need to do keep our Earth beautiful.”
The importance of teaching children at an early age what Earth Day means will help them get on the right track and everyone benefits in the long run, Haliday added.
“Today, our children are experiencing how to plant and grow things in the Earth,” said Dorothy Bryant, director, CDC, Marine and Family Services, Marine Corps Community Services, MCLB Albany. “Earth Day helps the children understand how the Earth grows things and how they develop through different stages. Our children will water and feed the plants to see how the plants change.”
“I planted a pink flower today, and it was pretty,” said 5-year-old Daejah Vaughn, a CDC pre-kindergarten student, following the tree planting activities.
“I was playing with toys, then I planted three pink flowers,” added Mikel Hudson, another CDC five-year old.
Besides roadside litter sweeps and flower plantings, Earth Day was observed by other activities and events at the base.
Plans are already underway for Earth Day 2010, to mark the event’s 40th anniversary.