The Walking Veteran & Wagon

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.

The Walking Veteran, Thomas Hudson with The Junior Walking Veteran, Daniel Cox reviewing the exhibit in The Henryetta Territorial MuseumIn 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.

ref:  www.WalkingVeteran.com

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One thought on “The Walking Veteran & Wagon

  1. This is an outstanding record of the sacrifices our Walking Veteran Thomas has made since he began his quest in May of 2016. His determination to call attention to the needs of our wounded veterans in the VA hospitals is an inspiration to us and we commend him for his remarkable efforts.
    At present, while acting as a temporary museum docent, he is coming to the aid of the Henryetta Historical Society while building a website for the Territorial Museum.
    This website enables the public to research Henryetta’s history and take part in enjoying the magnificent heritage of this area.
    I encourage everyone to read about the Walking Veteran’s trip across the USA to Washington DC and let him know you appreciate what he has done and is doing.
    Thomas is a master builder when it comes to creating online pathways for the Territorial Museum’s monumental collection of historical items donated by the families of area pioneers to be preserved for the future.
    Come by the Museum throughout the week and visit with the Walking Veteran while he is acting as official greeter and tweaking the informational website.
    Thank you, Thomas, for all you have done. Maybe we can just adopt you as one of our museum acquisitions and you will want to make Henryetta your home.

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