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Man Spends His One Day Off Cleaning Forgotten Veterans’ Tombstones, And Here Are The Results
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Man Spends His One Day Off Cleaning Forgotten Veterans’ Tombstones, And Here Are The Results

Though most people take pride in remembering the contributions of war veterans through ceremonies and charity funds, the monuments that mark their very existences today are often neglected. A Florida man has made it his life mission to clean these forgotten tombstones, and he’s uncovering the untold stories of America’s war heroes in the process.

Andrew Lumish, who goes by the handle The Good Cemeterian, runs a full-time carpet and upholstery cleaning service in Tampa, and spends every Sunday – his one day off – tending to the numerous derelict veteran grave sites in the area. He first rinses the stones with water, then sprays them with an environmentally friendly chemical solution called D/2 and scrubs away decades of grime with a soft-bristle brush. By the time he finishes with them, the tombstones look good as new, even though some of them date back to the early 1900’s.

After each restoration, Lumish posts before and after photos of the monuments on his Facebook page, and includes information he researches about the people resting beneath them. Not only does he beautify their graves, he keeps their memories alive, and he does it all out of the goodness of his heart.

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John L
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5 years ago

Bless this "Good Cemeterian" for his outstanding work! As a veteran, I can just imagine the souls looking down and smiling at him.

Ok Ha-Neul
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5 years ago

there are still good people on this planet :)

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Alusair Alustriel
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5 years ago

I have deep respect for such people. The least we can do to cheerish memory of those brave men is to keep their resting places clean and taken care of. Also the fact he researches the People so the stop being anonymous and "just another in line" is really heartwarming. Keep up that good work!

Anne
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5 years ago

I think it is a noble job. Respect for that. But honestly i like the stones better the way they looked. Old. But still nice work. But i really like the old look

Tina Douglas
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4 years ago

You like the old look Anne. Well then you won't be able to read the words on the stones if they got any older then what he started with. If they are vets, he will clean the stone and do research on them. Keep in mind the dirtier the stone is the harder the words are to read.

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John L
Community Member
5 years ago

Bless this "Good Cemeterian" for his outstanding work! As a veteran, I can just imagine the souls looking down and smiling at him.

Ok Ha-Neul
Community Member
5 years ago

there are still good people on this planet :)

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Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
5 years ago

I have deep respect for such people. The least we can do to cheerish memory of those brave men is to keep their resting places clean and taken care of. Also the fact he researches the People so the stop being anonymous and "just another in line" is really heartwarming. Keep up that good work!

Anne
Community Member
5 years ago

I think it is a noble job. Respect for that. But honestly i like the stones better the way they looked. Old. But still nice work. But i really like the old look

Tina Douglas
Community Member
4 years ago

You like the old look Anne. Well then you won't be able to read the words on the stones if they got any older then what he started with. If they are vets, he will clean the stone and do research on them. Keep in mind the dirtier the stone is the harder the words are to read.

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