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Subject: [3RD-ARKANSAS-CAVALRY] Park Day at Civil War Sites - April 5, 2008
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 22:55:57 EDT
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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED TO CLEAN UP AMERICA’S CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELDS AND HISTORIC
(Washington, D.C., 3/27/2008) – The Civil War began as a struggle between
armies of untrained but enthusiastic volunteers. Seven generations later,
another army of volunteers is about to descend on America’s Civil War battlefields
– only this horde of dedicated men and women will be armed with paint
brushes, trash bags and weed whackers.
On Saturday, April 5, 2008, history buffs and preservationists of all ages
will join forces to clean and restore Civil War-related battlefields,
cemeteries and shrines. The nationwide effort – dubbed Park Day – is underwritten
with a grant from The History Channel. Park Day is also recognized by the U.S.
Department of the Interior as a “Take Pride in America” event. More than
110 historic sites in 24 states are expected to participate in Park Day
“Civil War sites are often the victims of their own popularity,” noted
Civil War Preservation Trust (CWPT) President James Lighthizer. “Without proper
maintenance, battlefields can suffer from the ravages of both time and
tourism. Our goal is to spruce up these links to America’s past so they can be
enjoyed by all.”
Now in its twelfth year, Park Day is an annual hands-on preservation event
created by CWPT. Volunteers gather at designated Civil War sites to help with
routine repairs and maintenance. Activities can range from raking leaves
and hauling trash to painting signs and trail building. In exchange for their
hard work, participants receive T-shirts and can listen to local historians
describe the significance of the site.
Among the sites that will be benefiting from Park Day activities this year
are: Mansfield Battlefield in Louisiana, Antietam Battlefield in Maryland,
Wilson’s Creek Battlefield in Missouri, and the Wilderness Battlefield in
“These are the hallowed fields where our ancestors gave their lives. We
cannot allow them to fall into disrepair,” remarked Lighthizer.
With 65,000 members, CWPT is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation
organization in the United States. Its goal is to preserve our nation’s
endangered Civil War sites and to promote appreciation of these hallowed
grounds. CWPT’s website is located at _www.civilwar.org_ (http://www.civilwar.org/)
(For a list of the participating Park Day sites, visit
_http://www.civilwar.org/parkday/_ (http://www.civilwar.org/parkday/) ).
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