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He Handed Out 37 Toothbrushes To Vets - Learn The Heartwarming Reason Why

The Vietnam War Memorial is an incredibly special place. Located in the beautiful city of Washington D.C., the memorial has the names of 58,307 names of fallen soldiers. People from all over the country pay their respects at the beautiful and haunting memorial.

Often people have family members' whose names are etched onto the marble. Family members are encouraged to take pencils and papers with them to the memorial to create a stencil of the name important to them. However, because of all the interaction between people and the wall, it has not been maintained the way it should.

During the Clinton administration, veterans noticed the amount of people visiting the memorial was constantly increasing but the number of times it was being cleaned was not. The memorial was only cleaned once a month. Veterans visiting the memorial did not see this as acceptable and decided to do something about it themselves. The Washington Post reported: "In 1998, dissatisfied with the job that the National Park Service was doing and upset that bird droppings had filled in some of the engraved names, Jan Scruggs of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund took action. He handed 37 toothbrushes to visiting vets from Wisconsin, who scrubbed the filth away."

To help the United States Parks Department, the angry veterans offered to help on a volunteer basis. They came to an agreement. Now every week a group of veterans go to the memorial to scrub it clean. They clean it more during peak tourist seasons, merely out of the kindness of their hearts. The wall if 246 square feet, so cleaning it is not an easy feat.

At their recent gathering to clean the wall, the veterans were not alone. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke decided to join them. According to DC officials, Zinke has taken a real hands on approach to his job. He even rode a horse to his office on his first day of work. Zinke was asked why he decided to help out to which he replied, "Rolling Thunder is here to wash the wall. I'm here to help them."

Source: Independent Journal Review
Photos: Independent Journal Review

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