EL CAJON, Calif. - A group of Army National Guard members had a special surprise on Sunday for their soon-to-be neighbors in El Cajon.
Sixty Army National Guard members spent hours cleaning up and planting trees in three parks in El Cajon: Kennedy, Wells and Hillside parks.
Among those who participated in the cleanup was Staff Sgt. Beau Deviller. He has served in the military for more than 10 years and knows what it means to give back to his country. This time, he is using a paint brush.
It is a mission close to Deviller's heart because he is raising his two young children in El Cajon.
"It's great to be able to give back to the parks they play in so they can have a beautiful place in the city they live in," he told 10News.
Other members from his unit scraped gum off the sidewalk, painted the skateboard park fence and also cleared brush that was blocking the trails.
Capt. Michael Han, the unit's commander, said the cleanup was also a way to show the neighborhood they are happy to join their community as their unit's office moves from Kearny Mesa to El Cajon in September.