Community invited to join American Cemetery clean up Friday

(Photo courtesy of Leah Jackson, NSU Director of Public Information & Media Relations)

The community is invited to join the Natchitoches Historic Foundation and NSU students Friday, Aug. 23 for cleaning of the American Cemetery on Second Street from 1:15-3:15 p.m.

Last year, over 50 NSU students volunteered as part of NSU’s Demon Days 1 of 7 Service Kickoff.  This initiative encourages individuals to spend one day per week engaged in service to others.

While the focus will be grounds work (trimming low hanging branches and small trees that are encroaching on grave sites and removal of fallen branches and debris), we will have D/2 Biological Solution for anyone wanting to clean tombstones.  This non-hazardous and biodegradable cleaner is designed to remove mold, mosses, algae, and lichens that feed on the stone, destroying the marker.  D/2 is used on the White House, World Heritage Sites, and in national cemeteries.

Volunteers are asked to bring basic gardening tools.  Those wishing to clean tombstones will need assorted scrub brushes, soft scrapers (like popsicle sticks or paint stirrers), and a water bucket.  We will haul off branches, so volunteers with trucks and trailers are especially needed.  For more information, contact Frank Hall at 318-357-4571.