The National Park Service is defining new best practices for the care of the national cemeteries it manages. NCPTT serves as a technical adviser for the project. On Nov. 16-17, Vicksburg National Military Park Superintendent Mike Madell hosted participants of the National Cemetery Task Force in discussions of the new reference manual (which serves as a companion to the recently issued NPS Director’s Order #61 on national cemetery operations). The task force focused on issues ranging from development of operation standards and cemetery plans to display of flags in national cemeteries.
do cleaning test patches as well as describing a variety of acceptable cleaning methods.
As part of the discussion, the task force was treated to a tour of Vicksburg National Military Park and Vicksburg National Cemetery led by park historian, Terry Winschel. He offered lively and informative descriptions of military actions taken at the siege of Vicksburg, including the Union assault of the Third Louisiana Redan where tunneling was used to place a mine under the confederate troops. The tour included a stop at the national cemetery and the U.S.S. Cairo museum.
The National Cemetery Task Force continues to develop sound service-wide policy with this reference manual which should be forthcoming in 2011.