Monthly Archives: March 2015

ORMOND STRONG Video Journal- Day 2

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.

Ormond Observer Article

ORMOND STRONG Video Journal- Day 1


This was one of the toughest days of my life. Although I spent one year preparing myself for this moment, there was absolutely nothing that could prepare me for the emotions that I would experience today. We drove to the airport and it seemed so surreal, I can’t believe this day has finally arrived. As I entered the hanger I was overjoyed to see the number of  people present to  support our  troops, most notably Vietnam Veterans. Governor Scott was on hand in a show of support, a flyby took place prior to our soldiers departure, and then they were gone. I don’t even remember the drive home, all I know is that it was the first time in my life that I felt completely alone.


Vietnam Veterans Day Bridge Walk-update

We look forward to supporting our Veterans on Sunday, March 29 07:00-FYI the Tomoka Marathon will be taking place on the southeast entrance of the bridge, we will be on the southwest entrance across from the Ormond library. It will be best to leave your house a little earlier in the morning due to the added congestion, for your convenience, we will have coffee and doughnuts onsite instead of at the Body Exchange Gym as advertised.  Thank you in advance for your participation-ORMOND STRONG!

Vietnam Veterans Day coffee and doughnuts at Emery Bennett Nursing Home


ORMOND STRONG will visit our heroes at 10:30 following our Vietnam Veterans Day bridge walk. Emory Bennett Nursing Home is located at 1920 Mason Ave, Daytona Beach, FL 32117

Anyone interested in participating please contact us at

  • Emory Lawrence Bennett was a United States Army soldier in the Korean War who received the U.S. military’s highest decoration, the Medal of Honor.