Lakeland man completes mission to honor forgotten war heroes at old Lakeland cemetery

Posted at 6:06 PM, May 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-25 18:06:58-04

The Lakeland man who dreamed of honoring dozens of war heroes he discovered at an old cemetery got his wish, just in time for Memorial Day.

ABC Action News first told you about Kenny Weberman’s mission back in April, after he discovered what turned out to be 52 war veterans buried at the Griffin Cemetery in Lakeland.

Many of the grave markers were hard to see and were not clearly marked that the person had served.

“This was just something I had to do,” he said, disappointed that people didn’t know so many war heroes were buried there.

Weberman took it upon himself to start a GoFundMe page and raise money for a permanent memorial to be added at the cemetery with all the names of the veterans buried there who served.

When he was a couple grand short, Andrew Lumish stepped in to help. He’s the so-called “good cemeterian” who has been featured many times on ABC Action News and around the world for his work restoring military stones and statues.

“I’m in a position to be able to assist him and I chose to do whatever I could,” he said.

Weberman unveiled the memorial during a small service Thursday morning, in time for Memorial Day weekend.

“This monument had to go up. These people had to be recognized and they will be recognized forever,” he said.