Walking Coast to Coast for Military Veterans

Posted at: 06/25/2013 10:24 PM | Updated at: 06/25/2013 10:43 PM

A Marine Corps. veteran got a few honks as he walked into Grand Rapids on Tuesday. That is close to halfway through his 3,300 mile trek for military veterans.

Chuck Lewis is on more than a summertime stroll. The Marine Corps. veteran said he wants his cart flying the American flag to catch the attention of those driving by on Highway 2.

“I wish I was a motivational speaker; I wish I was gifted in that area. I wouldn't be wearing out so many pairs of shoes, but the reality of it is I'm not. So this is my way to make a statement. I'll be out here in the public eye pushing this cart all the way from one coast to another,” Lewis said.

He left from Seattle, will hit his halfway point in Floodwood, and push through the Northland. He walks everyday, and said it is good to see the mile markers roll by.

“It is nice to know that I meet certain goals, and I'm still on the right path. Duluth is as far as I'm going to go on Highway 2 before I turn south,” Lewis said.

His 6-month walk will end in Washington D.C. Along the way he is raising money for wounded and disabled veterans. The American Legion, VFW and other groups in Grand Rapids made donations on Tuesday, but Lewis is still short of his goal.

He has raised about $17,000, but set a goal of $50,000. He said he can accept cash and check along his walk, and he can even swipe a credit card out there on the road. Donations can also be made online, here at his website.

He has not met his goal, but he said every step for the men and women serving the country is an honor.

“I have the utmost respect for every last one of them. So to be out here, to be representing them as a veteran, as a brother, you know, it's got to be the best thing,” Lewis said.

He said the 3,300 mile walk is a call for citizens to welcome back and help veterans returning home. And he had one last message for anyone in his military family.

“God bless you all, and in terms of a Marine Corps. Language I would say, 'Semper Fi,'” Lewis said.

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