The good cemeterian: Restoring honor and pride to veterans

The good cemeterian: Restoring honor and pride to veterans

We have all heard of ‘the good Samaritan’ but have you ever heard of the ‘good cemeterian?’ Neither have I until lately. They are basically one and the same.

Andrew Lumish from Land of Lakes is a carpet cleaner by trade and a gentleman devoted to cleaning the tomb stones and markers of vets was featured.

For about two years now, Andrew has been going out after his work or even before each and every day scrubbing and making new forgotten head stones throughout his area as a way of paying back to those who have served their country.

It began as a novel idea with him to restore the blackened faces of the vets’ markers and due to being basically forgotten, he wanted to bring the memory of the soldier back to any who would come to view.

Sadly, most of us plant our loved ones in cemeteries and seldom return to pay our respects and thus the burial site and stones seldom get proper attention.

Lumish does this every day of every week, 365 days a year.

He said his motivating factor is that it his way of giving back to those who gave so much, his right to live in a free country and enjoy all its benefits.

How many of us pass on by the moldy grave markers as though they never existed?

How many of us have even thought to clean one?

If the calendar and the papers did not remind us most of us would never commemorate Memorial Day or Veterans Day, or Pearl Harbor Day we just observed last Wednesday.

And yes, we bury vets and loved ones and move on.

We, forget so quickly what so many have done to secure for us a life of ease and plenty.

Hats off to Andrew Lumish, and the people who have not forgotten.

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