Rubbing sand in grave stones – why they do it.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-California) tweeted this video from the Normandy American Cemetery Thursday. She said she was visiting the grave of a friend’s father in the cemetery when she saw a soldier rubbing sand on the headstone.

“The letters on the white crosses almost disappear in the brightness of the stone, so a soldier fills the indentations with sand from Omaha Beach to bring the name forward,” Rep. Speier wrote.