Annual Veterans Walk raises awareness

Dozens of people took to the streets of Philippi Saturday, waving small American flags and honking their car horns in support of local veterans.

The annual Veterans Walk, sponsored by American Legion Post 44 and the Ladies Auxiliary, was held at the Vietnam Veteran’s Park.

This marked the fourth year for the event, and participant Kathern Findley once again turned out in support of those who served.

“It’s just an amazing thing to be a part of,” said Findley, who was attending the event for the third time.

Others took pause to honor those who served and to remember their fallen comrades.

Marvin Brown, PFC, said that it was a beautiful day for a walk.

“It’s important to walk for the veterans to recognize and honor their hard work and what they have done,” he said. “It’s also to honor the POWs and those still missing.”

Brown served from 1962-1965 in the Army and was stationed in Berlin during the Cold War.

Before participants began the walk, they paused for a moment of prayer by Brown, and then released red, white and blue balloons in memory of veterans who have passed away.

The walk took participants across the Philippi Covered Bridge, along the by-pass and back through town before returning to the park for refreshments.

As they walked, drivers blew horns and waved to show their support and appreciation for the veterans’ service.

The cost to walk was $5, with the money going to raise money to pay for a meal for veterans on Veterans Day at Post 44.

Dorinda Hawker, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, said, “I don’t feel that a veteran should have to pay for his lunch on Veterans Day.”

As part of the fund raiser, the Ladies Auxiliary members are selling t-shirts designed by post member Bill Hawker. The shirts sell for $20. To purchase a shirt or for information, contact Dorinda Hawker at 457-2911.