Skip to comments.Vets Hoofing It In Support Of Troops In Iraq
Posted on 03/05/2008 5:17:10 PM PST by impeachedrapist
Three retired Army veterans marched through Dunn yesterday en route to Washington, D.C. From left are Maj. Carl Heerup, Lt. Col. Marc Breslow and Maj. Dennis McCool. The purpose of the Resolve To Win march is to show support for the troops and their mission in Iraq. Their 400-mile march is scheduled to end March 16 at the Lincoln Memorial. Daily Record Photo/Steve Reed
Three retired U.S. Army veterans decided to do something different to support the troops in Iraq.
On Saturday, Maj. Dennis McCool, Maj. Carl Heerup and Lt. Col. Mark Breslow departed South of the Border near Dillon, S.C., for a 400-mile walk to Washington, D.C.
On March 16, the trio will end their march at the Lincoln Memorial.
The purpose of the "Resolve To Win" march is to show support for the troops and their mission by demonstrating resolve to do a difficult task, Maj. McCool said.
"We wanted to do something difficult," he said. "If we did something easy it wouldn't draw any attention. It's taking us three weeks to get the job done."
The purpose of the march is to show support for the troops in Iraq. All three served together on Gen. David Petraeus' staff, the commanding general of Multi-National Force in Iraq.
"He has turned the tide in Iraq," Maj. McCool said. "The surge is working. The troops don't want to come home until they achieve victory. They've earned that right."
Maj. McCool said he believes most Americans want to support the troops but don't know how.
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Tuesday, March 4, 2008 at 10:30 PMby BlogMasters
A really terrific day even with the rain. Lots of wonderful Patriots in North Carolina. Nice article in the Fayetteville Observer on Tuesday Morning State & Local Page.
Started at Lewis Farms, 5 miles south of Dunn, NC. Escorted by Harnett County Sheriffs cruisers. Beautiful morning weather. Our first stop was at the IGA in Dunn where many supporters waited with coffee and donuts. American Legion Post 58 Commander Travis Page and many of the Post member were there, as were members of VFW 6767.
Harnet County Sheriffs Deputies handed us off to Johnston County Sheriffs Deputies at the County line and we were joined by Jerry Tart, District Commander of American Legion 2 and Wanda Moore, Auxillary President of American Legion Post 109 who walked with us to Benson where the Post served us lunch at Post 109. Many wonderful Patriots and a brief but incredibly enjoyable experience. Colby (age 5) and Pastor Travis were also personal highlights of our lunch break.
The Core Group along with District Cdr Jerry Tart did a live interview with WPYB Radio during our lunch break. We also did a live interview with WQDR radio as we began our afternoon walk.
Jerry and Wanda walked with us for about an hour after lunch and took the nice weather when they departed. We hit thunder showers from about 130 for several hours. Thanks to the wonderful folks at Johnston County Sheriffs Office we had no problem continuing our March.
Benson Middle School was waiting for us with a crowd of school children to cheer us on. It gave us a lot of extra energy. Thank you BMS.
Sandra Howe joined us again and managed to arrive to enjoy the rainfall with us. Also arriving in the rain was our favorite photographer and Patriot, Bubba McDowell...
“All three served together on Gen. David Petraeus’ staff...”
And NONE will get any credit for turning things around, but those of us in the know say, “God Bless Them All!”
I hate the b@stards in the MSM. Really. I do.
Me too, Diana.
And God bless these guys.
Thanks. I will pass that on.
Me too Diana.
I pray for soft winds, warm sun, and safety for these magnificent heroes!
SC / NC Stateline at Rt 301
|01-Mar-08||Route 301 @ Hwy 211, northside of Lumberton, NC||25.1|
|02-Mar-08||Route 301 @ Hwy 87, south of Fayetteville, NC||25.0|
|03-Mar-08||Route 301 @ Hwy 421 / 55, in Dunn, NC||25.4|
|04-Mar-08||Route 301 @ Brogdon in Smithfield, NC||26.2|
|05-Mar-08||Route 301 @ US117, in Wilson, NC||25.7|
|06-Mar-08||Route 301 @ Rte 1545, northside of Rocky Mt, NC||25.4|
|07-Mar-08||Route 301 @ Hwy 627, southside of Emporia, VA||25.1|
|08-Mar-08||Route 301 @ NC 903, in Halifax, NC||26.0|
|09-Mar-08||Route 301 @ Hampton Inn, Stony Creek, VA||26.8|
|10-Mar-08||Route 301 / Hwy 1 @ Woods Edge Rd Col Heights, VA||26.6|
|11-Mar-08||Hwy 1 @ I-295, Biltmore north of Richmond, VA||25.6|
|12-Mar-08||Hwy 1 @ SR 712 Ladysmith, VA||24.3|
|13-Mar-08||Hwy 1 @ VFW Post 3103 south of bridge in Fredericksburg, VA|| 22.3
|14-Mar-08||Hwy 1 @ Celestial south of Woodbridge, VA||22.2|
|15-Mar-08||3939 Oak St, Fairfax VA (at American Legion Post)||24.9|
|16-Mar-08||Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC||16.2|
Just spoke to Maj McCool senior- the Mar 8 and 7 slots are switched. They are fixing it as we speak.
Carl Heerups observationsDay 5
Wednesday, March 5, 2008 at 09:38 PMby BlogMasters
I missed yesterdays observations, basically because I was lazy, sorry.
Today, we finished Day 5 in good order. We were joined by a wonderful retired Marine, GySgt Larry Hoffa. He walked 25 miles with us, despite having had numerous back and neck injuries which had required multiple surgeries. This staunch supporter of U.S. Servicemen and veterans devotes his time regularly to Eagles-Up. He embarrassed me greatly by praising us, the ResolveToWin marcher, for our endeavor. None of us has been active in these causes until now, and this is a one-time effort (although Im sure our experiences on this effort will cause us to become more active in the future). Many other people weve encountered, both today and previously, despite having much better credentials in service, have also praised me, much to my shame. Well, theres only one way to fix that
We were also joined today by Wanda Moore, the president of the American Legion Post 109 Auxiliary, in Benson. This wonderful lady, who walked over six miles with us yesterday, as well, cheered us by her presence, support and enthusiasm, as is best represented by her Woo-Hoo! at every motorist or bystander who waived or expressed support. Very encouraging!
After traveling through Smithfield and Selma (where we were afforded excellent support and encouragement by the police department and the citizenry), we entered upon rural Wilson County, and our Johnston County Sheriffs escort left us. This stretch of road would have been rather lonely and hard, but for a large gathering of wonderful folks who met us at the third stop with flags and cheers. This group then leapfrogged ahead every couple of miles until our destination, gathering to waive flags and cheer us on. Its hard to express how much nicer that made this part of the journey.
Finally, we were treated to a wonderful dinner (and conversation) at Parkers Barbeque, by Mr. Mike McNeely, a Vietnam Veteran...
Spread the word!
They will be about 8 miles away from my place. Where can I find out how we can meet up with them?
See the itinerary at Post #9? Looks like you just show up! These guys are great, wish I were closer.
I did get a snicker though, when I noticed one of them out of step with the other two! (I guess we Marines always notice this kinda stuff!)
You stay in touch with me, young Lady. I have plans in the works for this weekend.
this Just made my day! Naw, my Week!!!!