Andrew Lumish works as a carpet cleaner six days a week. On Sundays, his one day off for the week, he does something with his skills to honor America’s fallen heroes.
“The tombstones themselves are typically in poor condition” explains Lumish as he unloads cleaning supplies from his work van at the Lutz Cemetery.
Often the grave markers are so dirty that the inscriptions cannot be read.
“It’s something that I feel I should do to give them the proper respect for fighting for our country. And they may not any family still living,” Lumish told reporters.
A history buff who researches lost veterans from conflicts dating back to the Civil War, Lumish did comprehensive research to learn what products clean limestone, slate, & marble without damaging the stones.
“These aren’t just stones sitting in a cemetery in Florida. These are real people I think about their lives.”
He’s been doing this for more than three years now and he says he’s never been chased away.
“I may be trespassing right, but it’s a good kind of trespassing. And I’ll take that all day.”