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Man marches 50 miles in the cold to honor wounded warriors

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 It was a poignant moment earlier today when we caught up with a man on a mission in Tea; walking in the cold....carrying on his shoulder an 80 pound cross and doing it to honor those who have been wounded in battle.

 While many of us were thinking about having a day off tomorrow....he was thinking about those who don't get a day off from their injuries.

 On Sunday, Matthew Anderson left Alcester...on foot....in the bitter cold....with a cross on his shoulder, a mission on his mind and tough but tender memories in his heart. "It's blistering cold out here but those kinds of things motivate me to keep going."

 The cross he is carrying has a story of it's own.
 It is covered with names...names you might not recognize....but as Anderson has been on his journey, people have stopped him to encourage him....and he has invited them to write down the name of a veteran who has served his or her country.
 Some of the names, Anderson wrote himself. "Personally I have put on the cross about 15 people, 15 names that I've personally put on the cross."

 All 15 of those names, Anderson knew personally. He's been in the military for eight years and has served three tours of duty overseas.
 Following Anderson in this walk is his dad David, who says his son came to him with this idea just a few weeks ago. "There are so many people that have given so much for our country who are still paying the price for their service."

 David is proud of his son...for his service and for this walk with this cross.
 And the pride is evident when you ask him what David thinks of his son. "I'm very proud of my son."

 And when it comes to pride...Matthew says....don't be proud of him....be proud of those he is walking for. "One step in front of the other is just the mindset I keep every day."

 Today Matthew walked from Tea to Sioux Falls and completed his journey.

 But the mission to help wounded warriors continues on line.

 If you would like to make a donation to the Wounded Warriors project, click on this link.

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