An Alberta man has pledged to clean the moss-covered gravestones of every veteran resting at Drumheller, Alta. cemetery by hand. Eric Dahl is well known within the community for carrying out various acts of kindness. When he noticed that several of the headstones marking the graves of veterans at his local cemetery had fallen into a state of disrepair he couldn’t rest on his laurels.
Dahl told reporters that, to him, every day is Veterans Day. He plans to honor these men by meticulously scrubbing every headstone with what he calls “military precision.” He commented on his goal to reporters by saying:
“To show these veterans, to show veterans we have alive today that I do truly honour them, November 11 is every day,”
Dahl has received a boom of online support and praise. He said that it hasn’t affected his goal.
“To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t have cared if anyone noticed, I’m continuing on with what I’m doing for me.”
Dahl has been out of work since March. He appreciates the praise but claims it is something his is doing for himself and the fallen veterans. A vast majority of the veterans are Canadian soldiers that fell during WWI and WWII. While these soldiers were not American, they were revered and respected by U.S. soldiers.
Many of the men Dahl is paying tribute to were killed while fighting alongside American forces on D-Day.