Instead of spending his one day off resting, a Florida man spends almost every Sunday scrubbing and cleaning veterans’ tombstones.
Andrew Lumish, an owner of a cleaning service, takes a bucket, scrubs and cleaning products to spend up to ten hours wiping away the time on tombstones in cemeteries around Tampa, Florida.
Lumish, 46, has made it his life’s mission to restore forgotten and decaying headstones of military veterans in order to honor the contributions they have made to their country.
A particularly aged tombstone can take up to four months to fully clean and Lumish takes the time in between to learn about the person, in order to bring their memory and resting place back to life.
He told CBS News in 2016: ‘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.
Upon completing a headstone, Lumish then shares a before and after photo of the tombstone, on his Facebook and Instagram page, both entitled The Good Cemeterian.
He doesn’t stop at the photos, but shares the snippets of information he learned about the person’s life, including eye color, what war they served in, children and even family scandals.
Speaking to Reader’s Digest, Lumish said: ‘Some of these guys, who some consider heroes, would leave their wife for another woman, and leave six kids.
It’s a war hero who won a medal of honor for serving in the Civil War and was thrown in jail for not paying child support. … It’s like the Real Housewives of 1985.