FORT ATKINSON, Wis. — Dale Reich frequents cemeteries. But the graves he visits are those of people he's never met, and in lieu of flowers, he brings a bucket, scrub brush and bottle of Dawn.
The 72-year-old Vietnam veteran has made it his mission in retirement to clean the headstones of veterans across Jefferson County and beyond. He's surpassed the 1,150 mark and recently completed nearly 200 at Fort Atkinson's Evergreen Cemetery.
"I love these guys, the veterans here, and the wives who suffered along with them when they got back home again or maybe suffered because they didn't get back home again," Reich said as he washed the inscription of "Edward G. Hausen," a veteran of the Spanish-American War.
More at source: Star Tribune
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