In America, there is no shortage of support and commemoration for service members who have died in battle or have passed away years after serving in the U.S. military, but there does appear to be a lack of oversight on the maintenance of veterans’ gravesites.
Over the past several years, Americans, in particular living veterans, have been putting a strong effort forward of helping clean off these veteran headstones at local cemeteries around the country.
Many elected officials like Florida Reps. Brian Mast and Michael Waltz, both Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and combat veterans, as well as other politicians have lent their personal assistance into the nationwide cleanup effort, including Marine Corps veteran and Republican congressional candidate Casey Askar.
Askar, who is running for congress in Florida’s 19th congressional district, spent a good part of last weekend with family, friends, and local veterans, cleaning gravestones at a cemetery in Lee County,” Florida.
It goes without saying that there are thousands and thousands of headstones marking the graves of U.S. veterans, and there will be some that will get neglected, but not like this one in Lee County. This is unacceptable.
Askar decided to tackle this by himself. Here are the before and after pictures of the headstone.