WALK ACROSS AMERICA with THE WALKING VETERAN
The mission for The Walk Across America was to bring AWARENESS to the American people; to LEARN from veterans, to HONOR and to DELIVER the message to Congress
Thomas Hudson is The Walking Veteran. He started The Walk Across America in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 2, 2016 and concluded in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC. November 2016.
The Walking Veteran had returned with The Walking Veteran Wagon to Henryetta. A parade and ceremony was held, January 28, 2007 for induction of The Walking Veteran Wagon into The Henryetta Territorial Museum. After a selection process the decision was made for the wagon to be donated to the museum and displayed on permanent exhibit as a symbol of the struggles that veteran face to receive proper health care and benefits.
The reasons that led to the final decision for the wagon included:
- Henryetta is in the geographic middle of 2016 The Walk Across America.
- The wagon was donated by Lowes in Muskogee, OK after leaving the original wagon in Henryetta for repair and given to Daniel Cox, The Junior Walking Veteran.
- The museum has a president that is a veteran and various veteran artifacts are on display in the museum.
- The area is centrally located for all veterans, their families and others to stop in Henryetta to view.
In the wagon are artifacts given by many people from across the country for The Walking Veteran to carry in honor of a love one. There are also other items and patches from various law-enforcement agencies that The Walking Veteran had visited with. There are pins given by mayors and governors from Kingman, AZ to Washington DC. There is a photo album on display of selected pictures taken during the 2016 Walk Across America.
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