As Jenna Lee said, it’s about time we brought you a heartwarming story out of Washington, D.C.

Not surprisingly, it does not involve any politicians, but rather a South Carolina man who’s taken it upon himself to cut the grass, rake the leaves and make sure the D.C. monuments, such as the Lincoln Memorial, look their best during the government shutdown.

On Happening Now this afternoon, Chris Cox said when he got to D.C. with a lawnmower, chainsaw and other tools he noticed it was a “ghost town” at some of the monuments, with garbage strewn about because maintenance crews presumably had not been there in days.

“[JFK] once said ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what can you do for your country.’ As a civilian, you don’t get a lot of opportunities to serve your country and I saw this as an opportunity,” he said, adding that he’s surprised that others haven’t shown up with the same intentions.

“I had to lead by example, and so I got in the trenches and just started making it happen,” said Cox.

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