LAD Dedicates His One Day Off A Week To Restoring Veterans' Tombstones

There are not many men I would describe as a hero, but one such man is Andrew Lumish, the owner of a professional cleaning service.

He works six days a week on commercial work, a hectic schedule for anyone. But there's more, instead of spending his one day chilling, the Florida man spends each Sunday scrubbing and cleaning veterans' tombstones.

He can spend ten hours working away on the tombstones in cemeteries around his native Tampa, Florida.

The 46-year-old has made it his life's mission to restore headstones of military veterans that have been left to decay, in order to mark their contribution to his country.

It's a real effort and some tombstones that have received little maintenance over the years can take up to four months to fully clean, but he says it's worth it.

As well as scrubbing the tombstone, Lumish also takes the time in between to learn about the person and their history.

In total Lumish has restored over 300 gravestones to the condition that they deserve.

The man told the Tampa Bay Times in late 2015: "Something bothered me. Their final resting places were total disasters.

"They'd been neglected from the time they'd been buried."

Due to the dated marble, granite and stone used for the headstones, Lumish, a self declared history buff, researched the best way to restore the structures before setting off of his journey.

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."

A hero honouring heroes.

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James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

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