CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Volunteers used this Veterans Day to honor the men and women who have sacrificed for this country by cleaning one of Cleveland's most visible monuments to vets.
They came with buckets and brooms to take care of business.
The Soldiers and Sailors Monument is not as shiny as it used to be. Construction from the Public Square renovation project has made things a little dusty inside and outside.
"Flies? Yes, they were caught in the webs, the spider webs, I don't run from bugs," said Rose Goodlow.
Two Cleveland groups, Simply United Together and Project Curve Appeal, volunteered to shine up the Soldiers and Sailors.
"This monument has been here for so long, so many people don't know that you can come on the inside and for us giving back is a way of life," said Yolanda Miller.
Staffers say they normally do all of the cleaning but with the renovations, it's been hard to keep up.
"To have this type of physical support from the community is just fantastic," said Tim Daley, Executive Director.
"They can come every day if they want. Yes, it's very cool. Because with all this dust, it's much needed. We like it," said Shane Doyle, curator.
The volunteers say their efforts are two-fold.
"You gotta admit you're getting something in return. Doesn't it feel good to be preserving a piece of history?" said one volunteer.
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