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Volunteers brush up on skills to preserve historic cemeteries like Old Bayview

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The oldest federal military cemetery in Texas got a touch-up thanks to volunteers and National Park Service staff.

Over at Old Bayview Cemetery, many of the markers don't just honor the passage of fallen heroes but also mark their roles in South Texas history.

"These are the founding members of our city, these are the people who fought for Texas," explained Jason Church with National Park Service (NPS).

Old Bayview is the state's oldest federal military cemetery and in August 2017 lay in the path of Hurricane Harvey. To protect the headstones from natural disasters and restore them as needed was the goal of the National Park Service on Thursday. NPS held a class open to the public to train locals how to protect and restore historic cemeteries like Old Bayview.

Volunteers learned how to brush away dirt and debris from historic tombstones, how to deal with pruning and trimming the cemetery's trees and how to preserve its markers.

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