Man Honors Veterans In Incredible Way

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(TheRedWire.com) – Millions of Americans spent Monday honoring the hundreds of thousands of men and women who sacrificed their lives in service to the country; one man spent the day upkeeping the gravesites of these fallen heroes.

Founder of the nonprofit By Memorial Day, Trae Zipperer, spent the day properly maintaining and cleaning thousands of veterans’ headstones that have been damaged by landscaping, weather, and time.

Zipperer has the hope that the final resting place of every veteran would be cared for and spends his days traveling across the country doing that.

Zipperer reveals he finds it heartbreaking to see the names of the fallen heroes, and this was his way to give back.

Speaking to NewsNation, Zipperer highlighted that when he saw the dates on the headstones covered in filth and looked up those names online, he discovered “they were killed in action in service to our country,” making his work more meaningful.

Zipperer listed the dates “1942, 1943, 44, 45, 51, 67” and shared his belief he needed to show these veterans the “respect… they deserve” for giving their lives for the United States.

Zipperer, a Navy veteran himself, said he focused his efforts on markers and stones of veterans who are laid to rest in local cemeteries, where maintenance may not be as robust as at tribal, national, and state cemeteries.

According to the By Memorial Day website, the organization believes “every veteran headstone” should be preserved in the same respectable and clean condition as those in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.

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