Contact: Joe 'Tiger' Patrick
Tiger's memorial panel will be on display to the public tomorrow at Columbia Fire Station One, 201 Orr Street, from 11am to 1pm. The community is invited to stop by and see this magnificant tribute to our fallen soldiers.
One Man's walk Nationwide to honor US Service men and women killed in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
A memorial panel has been created to honor the 6,688 men and women to date, who were lost in the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The panel measures 25 feet long by 8 feet tall and contains a picture of each service man and woman lost. The panel will be updated once each month as the walk continues and is current up to June 2, 2013.
The panel is being carried/escorted by Joe "Tiger" Patrick, of Rhode Island, who did a similar walk for the 10 year anniversary of the attacks of 9/11. During August of 2011, Tiger walked from the Pentagon, to the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, PA and finished Sept 10, 2011 at the National 9/11 Memorial (Ground Zero) in time for the commemorative services on September 11. Tiger, who also served during Desert Storm, wanted to do something to honor this generation of Veterans.
"I felt a compelling need to do something to honor to our fallen heroes, to give people a close up view of those we lost. This isn't a political statement, but an expression of love and respect for those who volunteered to put themselves in harm's way to protect us here at home." Tiger added.
Starting on Coronado Island April 27, the Walk will take about 6 months to complete and will end with visits to Arlington Cemetery, where many of the Fallen on the memorial panel are resting eternally and then finally Walter Reed Hospital in DC. Tiger will visit towns and military bases along the way and has already met many family and friends of the Fallen: "My favorite moments of the walk are the warm hugs and shared tears with those who carry the loss of their loved one everyday."
Along the way, Tiger will be staying at Fire Houses, VFW Posts and American Legions. He is carrying a Red Sox player's game used bat that Purple Heart Veterans have signed on the trip that he will then trade with the player, Dustin Pedroia, for another item that will be sold in Auction with 100% of proceeds to go to Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. "All monies I raise on this trip will go to the OSDRI after my trip costs. "
Tiger is also carrying a turn out coat from Union Fire Co #1 in Carlisle, PA where he spent a few days sheltered from Hurricane Irene. He will have firefighters sign the coat along the way. "First responders have always been big supporters of our Veteran's and I wanted to acknowledge that in a small gesture." replied Tiger.
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Joe "Tiger" Patrick