Guardsmen team spruce up park

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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.

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