The new pine trees replaced trees that died. Over the years, weeds, garbage and debris accumulated in the area.
Ulrich allocated $40,000 for the restoration of the pine grove.
“It’s the taxpayers’ money and we are reinvesting it in the community,” Ulrich said. “Not only can we beautify our community but we can really make a difference locally in addressing the effects of climate change and carbon emissions.”
Members of the Air Force Junior ROTC at John Adams High School performed a flag ceremony for those in attendance, which included veterans and students from P.S. 254, St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Academy and P.S. 66.
Local students were among the 120 volunteers who planted the pine trees in April along with the Friends of Forest Park.
World War I Doughboy re-enactors marked the 100th anniversary of the country entering World War I.
“Everyday is Veterans Day, so we always appreciate the ultimate sacrifice made by veterans in World War I, and those recently in Afghanistan and Iraq, and all the veterans,” said State Senator Joe Addabbo, Jr.