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May 14, 2018 · OPINION

“The Walking Marine” will visit Warrenton Saturday

At the courthouse Saturday morning, Terry Sharpe will discuss his effort to raise awareness about suicide among military veterans.
By Vickie Burns
Warrenton

What do 22 and 65 have in common?

A retired Marine, Terry Sharpe, 67, each May walks from Summerfield, N.C., to Washington, D.C.

Why does he make the 300-mile trip? Look up his progress on his website at Walking Marine.com.

This Marine wants to call attention to the plight of our veterans and to bring us all to the reality that one vet commits suicide on average, every 65 minutes, and 22 perish per day.

Much is due to these veterans, and too little is given. We need to be aware and, most of all, care.

Locally, the Fauquier Court House Chapter of the Daughters of American Revolution became aware of this statistic, and of Mr. Sharpe’s goal to spread the word. We have pledged to give him moral support and cheer him on, meeting up with him at the Old Town Warrenton Spring Festival at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, May 19th, 2018. We will gather near the steps of the Fauquier courthouse on Main Street and wish him well on his journey.

Mr. Sharpe will speak with anyone who wants to ask questions or wish him well at that time. He has agreed to make a little deviation of his walking path to touch base with us. Did you know Saturday is Armed Forces Day? All the more reason to come.

We wish to issue an open invitation to all those who want to show support and provide a morale boost to Mr. Sharpe as he completes his sixth walk to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. He will be laying a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery for Memorial Day. He will be walking in the area until his departure on the May 20 on his way to D.C.

Please come out and meet Mr. Sharpe. Show you care about our veterans.

The writer is chairman, Service for Veterans, Fauquier Court House Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

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Jim Griffin · May 17, 2018 at 10:46 am
Agreed, McCain is a hero, a role model for all. Attacking him personally over political difference is disgusting and sends the wrong message to those who serve. An example: POTUS heralds on TV the three returned from North Korea but excoriated McCain during the campaign, saying he preferred those who were not taken captive. Tone deaf. We should embrace everyone who gives honorable service to our country.
Silii · May 16, 2018 at 5:06 pm
Of course we will welcome and respect Terry. My point was that those in the White House and supporters of Trump are simply unable to respect Vietnam War veterans and respected statesmen such as Senator McCain. That tells me something is seriously wrong with the president and his followers who also mocked Senator McCain. That's all. Very simple. And believe me, I'm very familiar with veteran suicide so I don't make my comments in haste.
Vickie · May 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm
Nothing political about this letter and open community invite to see the Retired Walking Marine Terry Sharpe. Please respect the non-political intent of this letter and join us in spurring him on. Nothing else is required of the public but respect and awareness for suicide. Nothing else at all.
Silii · May 15, 2018 at 6:22 am
This is wonderful. this man is a hero and has his head together. Suicide among veterans is a devastating thing. Meanwhile, the president began insulting Senator John McCain during his campaign and continues to diss and insult the Senator, even as he fights for his life. Adding injury to insult, the White House has never apologized for the remark made by a staffer nor has she been fired. To make it worse, if that is possible, Trump's supporters at recent rallies have cheered his foul, disgusting comments about Senator McCain. Fauquier County voted for Trump. Think about it. What does that say about Fauquier County?
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