Clarence Hollowell is a mailman in Florida. He works six days a week and spends his one day off helping out his community. But, whatever the weather, whatever the time of year, he’ll get to work on a grave. Every Sunday and every holiday, he puts in the incredible effort cleaning headstones.
You can find the 60-year-old veteran at the cemetery in his neighborhood every week to do his cleaning. He looks for soldiers who were 18-20 but didn’t return to their families. However, his next step is quite unusual. He investigates the soldier on Ancestry.com, to find out more about them. In this way he establishes a closer connection.
Every headstone takes about two or three weeks to clean and it take a lot of work. Clarence is meticulous, and cares for every detail. He buys a special cleaning solution online and has a vast selection of tools, each with their own job. He says that he uses “a plastic scraper to remove growth, a soft bristled brush, a toothbrush for small areas, and water.”