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Firefighter Tree Planting

2011 Tree Planting Ceremony Honoring Firerighters

Saturday, September 10, 2011
10 a.m. to noon

Please join us for a full protocol remembrance ceremony honoring all firefighters who have worked to protect Texas during this historic season of wildfires. The families of three firefighters who have lost their lives will be present. As the communities recover and the land begins healing, join us as we plant a tree honoring Texas firefighters at the Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum – a special part of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Organized by:
South Texas Money Management, Ltd., the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, The Texas Forest Service, the WPI Firefighters’ Fund, TreeFolks and Texas Line of Duty Death Task Force

Hosted by:
Lisa Ivie Miller, Director of Government Relations and Education
South Texas Money Management, Ltd

Remembrance Ceremony Program

Saturday, September 10, 2011

10 a.m. Opening
Emergency Service Pipes & Drum Association (ESPADA)
Posting of Colors
Austin Fire Department Honor Guard
Pledge of Allegiance
Gregory Thomas, Boy Scout Troop 3, Austin
10:10 a.m. Mistress of Ceremonies
Lisa Ivie Miller, South Texas Money Management, Ltd.
10:15 a.m. Invocation
Chaplain Bill Zilar, Buda Fire Department and Manchaca Volunteer Fire Department
10:20 a.m. Welcome
Susan Rieff, Executive Director, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
10:25 a.m. Greetings
State Senator Kirk Watson, Austin
Chief Rhoda Mae Kerr, Austin Fire Department
Helen Johnson, Chairman, Board of Visitors, National Fire Academy
10:35 a.m. Keynote address: the wildfires of 2011
Thomas G. Boggus, State Forester and Director of the Texas Forest Service
10:45 a.m. Presentation of Gifts to Firefighters' Families
Della Williams, Founder and President, WPI Firefighters' Fund
    Family of Caleb Hamm, Boise, Idaho
    Family of Elias Macias, Cactus, Texas
    Family of Greg Simmons, Eastland, Texas
11 a.m. Processional to Mollie Steves Zachry Texas Arboretum
One‐fourth mile walk down mulched path; golf carts available for the physically disabled
11:20 a.m. Planting of Texas Mountain Laurel in Honor of Firefighters
Thomas G. Boggus, State Forester and Director of the Texas Forest Service
April Rose, Executive Director, TreeFolks
11:45 a.m. Benediction
Chaplain Bill Zilar, Buda Fire Department and Manchaca Volunteer Fire Department

After the tree planting, guests are free to enjoy the Wildflower Center

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