What do you do on your days off? For most of us, it involves relaxing, resting, and recuperating. We may do the chores we’ve been putting off through the working week, or help out a neighbor who is struggling with their jobs. But, this mailman does something extra special with his days off. He spends them cleaning the headstones of fallen soldiers. If a grave has fallen in disrepair or is looking a little worse for wear, he’ll be there.
Clarence Hollowell is a mailman in Florida. He delivers mail 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.
Firstly, the 60-year-old veteran heads to a rundown cemetery in his neighborhood every week to do his cleaning. He usually picks soldiers who were 18-20 but didn’t return to their families. However, his next step is quite unusual. He researches the soldier on Ancestry.com, to find out more about them and feel a closer connection.
However, every headstone takes about two or three weeks to clean. Clarence is meticulous. He buys a special cleaning solution online and uses a 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.”
When asked why he does it, Clarence explained that he believes it is his duty. He says that the soldiers “gave their tomorrows so I could have mine today. Everybody’s gotta have a project and I think if you can help the community, even better.”
Clarence does amazing and selfless work. Let us know what you think in the comments, and share with your family and friends. You can check out similar stories on Happiest, like this one about a bulldog who helps mop up a dirty house!