Tammy Zello and her nephew, Ryan Hullinger, spent part of their day Saturday volunteering with two National Park Service members in the Adopt-a-Cannon program at the National Antietam Battlefield.
The program recruits citizen volunteers to help in an ongoing project to refurbish historical cannons in the battlefield. Citizens can donate time to repaint the cannon, "adopt" a cannon by contributing money toward its restoration, or both.
Zello and Hullinger came out to paint.
Zello said this was the first time she has participated in the program and she enjoyed the time she donated.
"I thought that it would be really interesting and neat," Zello said, "We are going to stay here for a couple hours today, and I'd also come back in the future if they needed it."
Jane Custer, Culture Resource specialist at the battlefield, said the Adopt-a-Cannon program began in September 1999 when the superintendent of Antietam Battlefield approved funding for it. Part of the funding comes from visitors' fees and the rest from individuals who adopt the cannons, Custer said.