From the National Trust on Historic Preservation:
Following is a link to an informative video on cleaning headstones and grave markers. Doing it the right way!!
Official position on display of the confederate battle flag:
Monument, Memorial, and Grave Preservation
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War (SUVCW) is dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of veteran heroes who fought and worked to save the Union in the American Civil War. Part of that mission involves saving and protecting our nation’s endangered memorials, graves, and monuments. These memorials are part of our national heritage and honor American soldiers who lost their lives in the preservation of freedom and union. The SUVCW is working to preserve these memorials so that future generations can learn from them and can learn to appreciate their hard-won freedom.
For more information on national projects devoted to this cause follow the link below:
The Major William A. McTeer Camp No. 39 takes this mission very seriously. As part of its planned activities, it sponsors grave dedications, memorial preservation projects, tombstone cleaning weekends, and a variety of other events aimed at not only preserving the monument itself but also the history surrounding it as well.
Please visit our pages on this website dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of our veteran ancestors who made such great sacrifices to fight to preserve our Union!
They may be accessed under this tab “Preserving History”. They contain a treasure trove of information on how our Camp is trying to preserve the history of our Union ancestors in East Tennessee!!