The Virginia General Assembly is currently considering several amendments to the proposed 2020-2022 state budget that are of vital importance to battlefield preservation in the Old Dominion. Will you please lend your voice to make two phone calls urge your state senator and state delegate to support these measures?
Please use our simple click-to-call tool to ask your state legislators to support Senate Budget Amendment 385 #4s and House Budget Amendments 385 #1h and 385 #15h to increase funding for the highly-successful Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund over the next two years.
Since 2006, the Commonwealth of Virginia has provided matching grants to help safeguard hallowed battlefields before they are lost to development. The Virginia Battlefield Preservation Fund has been central to the preservation of nearly 9,000 acres of hallowed ground at over 40 battlefields throughout the Commonwealth at places such as Yorktown, Fredericksburg and New Market Heights.
However, the funding needs of critical battlefield preservation projects across Virginia consistently exceed the allocation that the Fund can provide. Increased funding for this program is imperative if we are to preserve these battlefields as tangible links to defining moments in our nation’s history.
While you’re on the phone, we’d like you to also ask your state legislators to support Senate Budget Amendments 374 #12s and 374 #7s and House Budget Amendment 374 #7h that would direct the state to study the creation of a Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park. Please also ask your state delegate to support HJ 95 which would advance this effort.
These legislative items are revenue neutral and would represent an important step in advancing the Brandy Station and Cedar Mountain State Park Alliance’s proposal to transform more than 1,000 acres of preserved land at these two battlefields into Virginia’s next state park. This acreage includes not only the site of Culpeper’s first and bloodiest Civil War clash at Cedar Mountain, but also Brandy Station, site of the largest cavalry battle ever fought in any war waged in the Western Hemisphere.
We’ve made the process simple with click-to-call technology. All you have to do is click here to call your state delegate and follow the instructions given. We’ll provide you with talking points and make sure that you’re patched through to the right offices. Once you’ve called your delegate, please repeat this short and simple process with another call to your state senator.
These two brief phone calls will take just a few minutes of your time, but, in doing so, you will be helping to create a legacy that will last forever.