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A New Whiteland park was weeded, got new plants and a cleaning by members of the military as part of an officer class project.

About 25 National Guardsmen volunteered Saturday to pull weeds, plant bushes and do other work at Joseph E. Proctor Memorial Park. The park is named after Sgt. Joseph Proctor, a Whiteland graduate who died in 2006 trying to protect other soldiers from a bomb in Iraq.

About half of the National Guard members are in Warrant Officer Candidate School at Camp Atterbury and had to do a service project as part of their training. They chose to clean the park as their project. A warrant officer is a noncommissioned officer who gets additional training to advance in leadership roles within the military.

The 11-acre park on Tracy Road has multiple military monuments, including a memorial listing the names of Indiana military members who died in Iraq.

The volunteers pulled and sprayed weeds around the military monuments at the park and between walkway paving stones. They also sprayed the monuments with a protective sealant, planted grass seed and flowers, painted picnic tables and spread crushed stones around benches and memorials. Companies donated all of the supplies and plants.

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