WWII Historian Cleans Veterans’ Gravestones In Tenn.
How we choose to spend our free time is part of being human.
One Tennessee man uses it in a very noble way, restoring tombstones of World War II veterans.
He started doing it three years ago, according to WTVF in Nashville. He did so after cleaning the grave of his Uncle Hobart Massey, a veteran buried in Chattanooga. After restoring his gravestone and a few others in the Evergreen Cemetery in Murfreesboro – located about 43 minutes from Nashville – Milstead wanted to find more veterans’ graves.
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“When I saw the men, I wanted to learn something about them,” Milstead told WTVF.
As a self-proclaimed World War II historian and tombstone restoration expert, Milstead started finding plenty of veterans who were seemingly forgotten.
“I realized they’re alone. They had no one to visit them on their birthday or give them wreaths at Christmas,” Milstead told WTVF. “All these men died horrifically young.”
Now, after Milstead gets off work, he spends hours locating Tennessee’s World War II veterans and tries to clean many of them. Just one tombstone can take up to six weeks for a complete restoration.
He and his wife also place wreaths at veterans’ tombstones once a year, according to WTVF.
“So now they’re my boys and I will take care of them as long as I am physically able,” Milstead said to WTVF.