WILMINGTON- Thousands of people across the country grabbed their rakes and their paint brushes Saturday morning, to celebrate the 20th Annual National Park Day.  

The day is sponsored by the Civil War Trust in an effort to beautify and preserve more than 125 historic sites across 29 different states.

One of the sites included the Fort Fisher State Historic Site in Kure beach, where volunteers joined to clean up and honor those that fought there.

"To have volunteers come out and give their time and effort to actually clean up where these men fought for their beliefs-- really shows how much the community pays attention to the history of this area.” John Moseley, Assistant Site Manager, Fort Fisher State Historic Site

The Civil War Trust has assisted in preserving nearly 40,000 acres of battlefield land across the country.