RED WING, Minn. (KMSP) - Veterans walked from Red Wing, Minnesota, to Hastings, Minn., Monday for the second annual Memorial Day March & Mayhem For Them to bring attention to the holiday and honor fallen soldiers.
The 28-mile scenic route passes through the “Great River Road,” starting at the Field of Honor in Bay Point Park in Red Wing and ending at the Veterans Memorial and Rotary Pavilion in Hastings, with stops every three miles for a 10 to 15 minute break.
The event is the brainchild of Army veteran Tom Wright, who wanted to find a way to honor his fallen comrades.
"I had a moment when I realized, you know what, I could do more," Wright said. "And had a sense of guilt, and I was thinking what could I do."
The walk includes “honor markers” on every route displaying fallen soldiers from all branches of the U.S. Military.
"It's a nice reminder for us, of who we're walking for as we go along the route, but it's also a reminder of those driving along this road, they see that to remind them what this day is for, who this day is for," Wright said
"This a great cause, a chance for me to keep giving back to those who made the ultimate sacrifice," said Nathan Stroh who took part in the deployment. "I was fortunate to come home from my deployments, and a lot of us never do."
While the walk is for those who have served in the military, the event is open to the public. The “Mayhem” at Rotary Pavilion featured live music and food.
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