Around 300 volunteers gathered at the Vicksburg National Military Park on Saturday to participate in a monumental headstone cleaning event.
Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park, the official non-profit partner of the Vicksburg National Military Park, organized the event to clean and restore the 18,000 veteran headstones in the Vicksburg National Cemetery.
Located within Vicksburg National Military Park, Vicksburg National Cemetery is the final resting place for over 18,000 U.S. veterans, 17,000 of those being Union Civil War soldiers, a number unmatched by any other National Cemetery.
Working alongside NPS preservation staff and Park Rangers, volunteers utilized a special cleaning solution to return each historic veteran headstone to its brilliant white color just in time for Memorial Day.
This event is supported in partnership with D2, the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training, Cemetery Preservation Supply, the American Battlefield Trust’s Park Day 2022, and The Friends of Vicksburg National Military Park and Campaign. With special sponsorship in honor of John L. Nau, III in recognition of his many efforts for historic preservation at Vicksburg National Military Park.