PERRYVILLE - Seven generations after the beginning of the Civil War, another wave of volunteers is about to descend on America's storied battlegrounds - only this array of dedicated men and women will be armed with paint brushes, trash bags and weed whackers.
On April 5, history buffs and preservationists from around the country will team up with the Civil War Preservation Trust to help clean and restore America's priceless battlefields, cemeteries and shrines.
The nationwide effort - dubbed Park Day - is underwritten with a grant from The History Channel. For the second time, this year's Park Day is presented in partnership with Take Pride in America, a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior. Park Day, now in its 10th year, is an annual hands-on preservation event created by CWPT to assist local groups with the maintenance of Civil War sites.
Participants gather at the sites to help with activities that range from trash removal to trail building. In exchange for their hard work, volunteers receive T-shirts and have an opportunity to hear a local historian discuss the significance of the site.