New Mexico family walks across country to honor vets
A 17-year-old girl, inspired by September's tragic events, walked through Kingman on Monday on her way to the nation's capital.
With her birthday Sept.
11, Sherelle Lynne Walker of Gallup, N.M., is walking 2,800 miles from San Pedro, Calif., to Washington, D.C., to honor America's veterans past and present.
Walker and her family left California on July 1 carrying a 100-yard scroll that represents veterans from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Strom and the current war against terrorism.
The scroll will be permanently placed in the Smithsonian Institute.
Walker and her mother, Nicole Walker-Brown, are joined on the 2,800-mile trip by her brother Tydalle White and her father, Kenneth Brown.
"We decided to do this a year ago," Walker said.
"This is a personal journey for me.
This is for the love of our vets."
They expect to arrive in Washington to place the scroll at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in early November.
Walker said her "Walk for the Wall" commemorates the 20th anniversary of the memorial.
Afterward, she and her family plan to visit ground zero in New York, where the World Trade Center once stood.
Walker-Brown said they also hope to meet with former New York Major Rudy Giuliani.
Walker also said she hopes to encourage other people of all ages to honor not only veterans but also those soldiers who are missing or have been killed in action.
Walker-Brown said she is not asking the public for donations but only for people to walk with them for part of their journey, if only a short way, and to sign their scroll.
The family members, who belong to the Cochiti Pueblo tribe in New Mexico, take turns walking while others drive their vehicle.
Their trip will follow Interstate 40 across country.
Walker-Brown, who has two sons in the military, said they are making the trip not just to honor America's veterans but, because of the terrorist attacks in New York, also firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians.
The idea for "Walk with the Warriors" began on the Navajo Reservation in 1990 to honor veterans.
The Kingman Area Chamber of Commerce is encouraging people to join them on the march through Kingman, which will begin at the Powerhouse Visitor's Center at 10 a.m.