Andrew Lumish engages in something quite different to show his appreciation for veterans. On his day off, the thoughtful man cleans veterans’ tombstones that often go forgotten.
While most people often show appreciation for veterans by maybe choosing to pay for their food, others do that by putting up appreciative messages physically or on social media, among many other ways.
But for Andrew, who runs a carpentry and upholstery service in Tampa, Florida, decided that one of the most important and rewarding things that he could do with his off time, is to clean the gravestones of fallen heroes around the Tampa Bay area.
After all, not many people really remember to check on veterans’ final resting places. In an interview, he said, “Something bothered me. Their final resting places were total disasters. They’d been neglected from the time they’d been buried.”
Andrew says that one tombstone could take a total of four months to get sparkling clean, depending on the condition in which he finds the tombstone in. However, he says that the effort is well worth it.
“If [people] can’t read it at all, they can’t celebrate it, they can’t honor that person, they can’t appreciate that person. Whereas if you properly restore the monuments, you can begin an entire conversation, and potentially, in a figurative sense, bring that person back to life.” Andrew said.
Andrew also gets help from his wife every Sunday, and he posts the before and after pictures on his Facebook account to show the progress.
To see Andrew’s thoughtful deed and the incredible before and after images of the tombstones, watch the video below.
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Good job, Andrew Lumish! Your excellent deeds have not gone unnoticed.