Veterans make third annual walk

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Veteran Walk soldiers and the flags they carried include: Dick Pace, POW-MIA; Robert Chambers, USA; Robert McFarlin, Army; Gunner Tyler, Air Force; Dusty Harrell and dog Chico, Marines; and Marcos Sheppard, Navy.

Six soldiers and a service dog completed the third annual "Veteran's Walk" along Highway 18 Wednesday, Nov. 11, as a tribute to their beloved comrades.

The six veterans and the flags they carried were: Dick Pace, Monette, POW-MIA flag; Robert Chambers, Monette, USA flag; Robert McFarlin, Hot Springs, Army flag; Gunner Tyler, Lake City, Air Force flag; Dusty Harrell, Jackson, Tenn., and dog Chico, Marine flag; and Marcos Sheppard, Caraway, Navy flag.

The 11th month, the 11th day and the 11th hour was originally chosen to commemorate the celebration of Armistice Day, because it marked the signing of the armistice ending WW1 in 1918. In 1954 Armistice Day was changed to Veteran's Day to honor all military veterans, including those participating in other conflicts.

The six veterans started their walk at 8 a.m. at Refuge Baptist Church, west of Lake City, and walked through the Riverside and BIC campuses en route eastward along Highway 18. The students came out and stood along the highway, cheering the on as they passed. They arrived at the Monette American Legion building at 11 a.m. Many residents of Buffalo Island came out to wave flags, salute, and just applauded as the veterans walked along their 12-mile journey. Even motorists honked and waved as they passed.

Plans are to continue the traditional walk next year, same time, same place...never forgetting for whom they walk.

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