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Posted: May 31, 2017

Florida man honors fallen military heroes by cleaning their graves

Veterans hold American flags during a Memorial Day ceremony. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
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Veterans hold American flags during a Memorial Day ceremony. (Photo by Joel Angel Juarez/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

By Natalie Dreier, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Andrew Lumish is making sure America’s fallen heroes’ final resting places reflect the honor due to the nation’s military.

He decided to clean their cemetery headstones.

Lumish has cleaned about 600 so far, Fox News reported, and is doing his duty not only to show his admiration of the men and women who have gone before him, but also to learn about the lives of each of the veterans.

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He told Fox News that he started the project to show respect to those who served, but he also wants to remember his friends who have come back from war either killed in battle or who are still suffering from being mobilized.

He noticed how bad some headstones had become after taking photos at a cemetery a few years ago, NBC News reported.

“If you were just walking or driving by, you would just see a weathered, very dirty monument and would have no idea who it belonged to,” Lumish told Fox News.

Since that time, he has used every Sunday to honor the nation’s military dead, visiting Florida cemeteries, lugging 25 gallons of water, brushes and an environmentally safe cleaning solution.

He said it can take months to fully clean a headstone, depending on what the stone is constructed of and how dirty it is, NBC News reported.


WATCH: Bugler plays ‘Taps’ during 2016 Memorial Day sunset over Gettysburg

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WATCH: Bugler plays ‘Taps’ during 2016 Memorial Day sunset over Gettysburg

Historian Steven W. Sears calls the Battle of Gettysburg the “largest” and “costliest” campaign of the Civil War. Between the Union and Confederate forces, more than 57,000 men were lost, including 9,600 dead.

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To remember those who fell at that Pennsylvania battlefield in July 1863, and to honor all veterans who gave their lives for their country, Jari Villanueva of Taps for Veterans performed “Taps” on his bugle on Memorial Day in 2016 as the suns set over Little Round Top at Gettysburg.

It’s an old video, but the sentiments expressed never get old.

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Motorcyclists remember the fallen on Memorial Day weekend.

Memorial Day: Rolling Thunder remembers the fallen 

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Memorial Day: Rolling Thunder remembers the fallen 

Members of the motorcycle group Rolling Thunder have continued their 30-year tradition to make sure that the nation’s fallen haven’t been forgotten.

Thousands of motorcyclists rode into the nation’s capital in honor of Memorial Day.

They arrived Sunday before visiting Veterans Memorial, Arlington National Cemetery and The World War II Memorial, WTOP reported.

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“It’s too many guys that haven’t come home,” one rider told WRC Sunday.

They started the ride by meeting at the Pentagon before crossing the Arlington Memorial Bridge before parading through the streets of Washington, D.C., WTOP reported.

Participants also took part in the Blessing of the Bikes at the National Cathedral, WRC reported.

Riders come from all over the country, including one person who told WTOP that he flew his bike from Hawaii to California before continuing on a cross-country ride to D.C.

Soldier gets to see family for Memorial Day weekend thanks to stranger’s kindness

A soldier from Illinois was able to spend the Memorial Day weekend with his family in Missouri all thanks to the kindness of a stranger he met at a Dallas airport.

U.S. Army mechanic Keaton Tilson, who is stationed at Fort Hood, was stuck at an airport for two days, trying to get a flight on standby, KTVI reported. But Josh Rainey from Glendale, Missouri, wasn’t having any of it. 

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At first Rainey tried to give Tilson his ticket, but airline regulations wouldn’t allow the transfer, so Rainey decided on the next option, buying a last-minute ticket for Tilson to St. Louis so he can be with family over the holiday weekend.

Rainey told KTVI that the he spent $341 on the ticket and that the fact that Tilson was able to get home was worth more than the money.

“He walked away and came back and asked if he could hug me, and I think we both had to fight back the tears after that,” Rainey said.

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