Today is Vietnam Veterans Day, we begin our “vigil bridge walk” to build awareness and support for the 200+ local soldiers recently deployed to Afghanistan, in honor of those who served, especially our Vietnam Veterans. We meet every morning at 7:15 am, then begin walking at 7:30. We will continue to do this for the next 380 days, or until the last soldier from our local unit returns home. I was not sure how many people would turn out for our first ORMOND STRONG “Kickoff” Event, it has never been done before. The Tomoka Marathon was taking place at the same time, they have 1400 runners so half the Granada bridge was closed. Honestly, I didn’t care. I was going to honor our Vietnam Veterans (who seem to always get the short end of the stick) on National Vietnam Veterans Day, come hell or high water, and support our 200+ local soldiers-one of which is mine. The turnout was amazing, it will be a day I will never forget. I would like to thank SSG Rod Phillips President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048, all the chapter members and fellow veterans who came out and walked as well as the members of our community shared the day.
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