As our nation continues to commemorate the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, volunteers across the country will again answer their nation's call to service. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, history buffs, community leaders, and preservationists will team up with the Civil War Trust, History™, and Take Pride in America at more than 98 historic sites across the country to participate in the 18th annual Park Day.
Since its inception in 1996, Park Day has attracted volunteers of all ages and abilities bound by their dedication to serving their communities. In 2013, nearly 8,000 volunteers at 105 historic sites across the country donated more than 36,000 service hours. This year, organizers hope to build on these impressive figures.
At Vicksburg National Military Park, volunteers are needed to help paint battlefield cannon and carriages and the historic iron gates at Vicksburg National Cemetery. Sign-up will start at 8:00 a.m. at the USS Cairo Museum parking lot, with the first 75 volunteers receiving a free T-shirt. Come dressed for outdoor work and wear clothes you don't mind getting dirty or paint-spotted. For safety reasons and due to the nature of the work, clothing should include long-sleeved shirts, long pants, tennis shoes or work boots, and work gloves. Come prepared for the sun with a cap, sunscreen, and plenty of water to drink.
The park will again provide a pizza lunch at 12:00 noon at the USS Cairo picnic area, and will include a presentation provided by the park's interpretive staff.
For more information about Park Day at Vicksburg National Military Park, please contact Virginia DuBowy, Natural Resources Program Manager, (601-619-2911; e-mail us). For more information on Vicksburg National Military Park, go to www.nps.gov/vick/.
The Civil War Trust is the largest nonprofit battlefield preservation organization in the United States, dedicated to preserving our nation's endangered Civil War battlefields and to promoting appreciation of these hallowed grounds. To date, the Trust has preserved more than 38,500 acres of battlefield land in 20 states. Learn more at www.civilwar.org – the home of the Civil War sesquicentennial.
Did You Know?
Vicksburg National Military Park is one of the most heavily monumented parks in the world with over 1330 monuments, markers, tablets, and plaques. The beauty and artistry of its monumentation prompted one Civil War veteran to call Vicksburg National Military Park, "the art park of the world."