From the Evening Leader:

A group of soldiers spent their Sunday giving back to their community as part of a nationwide event. More than 50 uniformed soldiers took over Grand Lake St. Marys State Park as part of  “Guard the Environment” — a nationwide event that had participants in the Recruit Sustainment Program giving back to their community.

“We have 41 new soldiers,” 1st. Sgt. Jarret Hammons said of the Recruit Sustainment Program, which spans 19 counties. “We’ve got 12 full-time National Guard soldiers.”

Hammons said he and the soldiers came out to the park at approximately 10:30 a.m., and were working on specific clean-up projects throughout the park.

“We have five projects,” he said. “At East Bank, we’re fertilizing the new trees that were donated. We’re doing limb pick-up and trash pick-up from the East Bank to the R.V. Park. We’re also re-lining a walking trail.”