The cleanup was organized by New Day USA, and in the frigid morning temperatures, the Pences and various volunteers reached into their orange buckets, which said, “Let's do this,” and emerged with a soapy sponge to wipe down the memorial.
Pence also met National Park Service (NPS) ranger and veteran Army Staff Sgt. James Pierce, who the New York Post reported lost a leg in Afghanistan while serving with the North Carolina Army National Guard.
According to the NPS website, Pierce was injured in 2012, when a suicide bomber attacked a foot patrol. Three members were killed, and three others were injured.
“Serving my country through the military has been the biggest reward of my life, and having the opportunity to preserve memorials for the men and women that have served in our military is even more rewarding,” he said.
In 2013, Pierce joined the NPS and was charged with being one of the caretakers of the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, where he greets visitors, some of whom are veterans.
According to the NPS website, Pierce has received multiple honors from the military, including being a Purple Heart recipient.
“To all veterans, we are grateful for your service and sacrifice,” the vice president tweeted.
Watch below, via CNN.