Sabers celebrate Earth Week

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- Sabers celebrate Earth Week events by planting trees at a kindergarten in Spangdahlem Village where half the students are American and half are German. (US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Bradley Kasch)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- Sabers celebrate Earth Week events by planting trees at a kindergarten in Spangdahlem Village where half the students are American and half are German. (US Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Bradley Kasch)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, GERMANY -- The United States has celebrated, in one form or another, earth week since the early 1970's. Spangdahlem Air Base closed out this year's Earth Week by giving a little back to the community and Mother Nature. The 52nd Civil Engineering Squadron Environmental Flight planted trees at the local Spangdahlem Kindergarten.

The kindergarten is a school for Americans as well as local Germans. The planting was overseen by Spangdahlem commanders and village leadership.

Klaus Rodens, Spangdahlem Village major, said he is glad that they have chosen the Kindergarten to plant trees at because "this is our future and we need to take care of our environment." Mayor Rodens also commented on the importance of trees in the area.

The children planted the trees with help from their parents and the leadership present. The work was a little dirty but shortly there was a row of apple trees in the kindergarten's front lawn.

Lee Anne Moeller, Environmental Protection Specialist, organized the event as well as others throughout earth week. She said the environmental flight was excited to be out in the community planting trees.

"I think this is a great way to pay tribute to the town of Spangdahlem for everything they have done for us." she said. "It is just a small token of our gratitude to give and hopefully we will give many more in the future."

This planting brings hope for a greener future, while the relationships between the U.S. and Germany take deeper roots ... one tree at a time.