Personally speaking, I treat my days off as a little holiday away from work.
I try to avoid talking about work (unless I really have to), and I try not do anything that doesn’t relax me.
Unless it involves eating good food, seeing friends and family, or the odd bit of cleaning, I am very reluctant to do it.
This can be said for most people.
For them, their day off from work, they like to kick back and relax.
But that’s certainly not the case for this man from Florida.
He spends his Sundays scrubbing and cleaning the tombstones of veterans.
Andrew dedicates his one day off a week to clean veterans’ tombstones, which is a truly selfless act.
Andrew Lumish, owns a mobile cleaning service.
Every Sunday he takes a bucket, scrubs and cleaning products to a graveyard. spend up to ten hours bringing tired looking tombstones back to like new.
He’ll then go on to spend up to ten hours bringing tired looking tombstones back to like new.
Lumish has made it his mission to restore forgotten and decaying headstones of military veterans in as a way to honor their contribution to society.
He said that some of the stones can take up to four months to clean fully. It takes a lot of time to bring the stone to the finish he is happy with.
And this is not just a fad. So far he has restored 300 gravestones before the end of 2015, reported the Tampa Bay Times.
He 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.’
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.
‘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.’
It’s certainly a kind and incredible act. Bringing honor back to the dead and making sure they’re not forgotten.
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.
Andrew is bringing back the history of these veterans’ lives one tombstone at a time. It’s truly incredible.
He told the Reader’s Digest: ‘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.’
You can see him in action here. What a hero.