Stones River National Cemetery Adopt-A-Section
The Stones River National Cemetery includes over 7,000 headstones. Each headstone is a historic marker telling the stories of an individual and the nation for which they fought. If uncared for, the headstones would become unreadable, fall apart, and take pieces of those stories with them. Groups who would like to help us take care of the headstones and preserve the memories of those who served can adopt a section of the cemetery.
Adopt-A-Section groups agree to care for their section by doing three things every year:
- Brush clean the section
- Spray clean the section
- Fill out condition surveys for the section
Stones River National Battlefield provides the supplies for each task.
How to Adopt a Section
Before a group is assigned a section, at least one group leader must go to an Adopt-A-Section leader training. During the training, leaders will learn how to clean headstones and fill out condition surveys.
Group leaders can apply to adopt a section on volunteer.gov.
Scheduling Work Days
Once a group leader has been trained, groups can work on their section at almost any time. Volunteers should tell park staff when they plan to work at least a week before to allow staff to prepare the supplies.