COLOMBUS – A man who has walked nearly 10,000 miles for fallen Americans made a stop in Columbus this weekend.
Armand Young began his journey April 16 of 2007 when he left Santa Monica Pier in California and started heading towards New York City. Since that day, the North Carolina native has walked 9,511 miles. He says each mile is meant to honor a fallen service member or someone who was killed in the 9/11 tragedy.
Young explains the ups and downs of his long walk.
“Every step I took was honor, to honor a fallen soldier, to honor someone who died from 9/11. By helping someone in a way so, as I went I asked people to sign this pole promising to commit an act of Kindness in the next 24 hours.”
During his trek, Young has been collecting signatures on 659 American flags that hang from a pole he carries. To be able to sign the flag Young requires signees to promise to help someone with a random act of kindness within the next 24-hours, a movement that Young hopes will change the world.
“I lost everything and I gained everything, I lost everything and I gained thru this walk, but it is worth every step.”
The veteran says he won’t stop walking until he collects 1,000,000 signatures to fulfill the promise he made to his ailing mother. Currently, Young has more than 650,000.
After stoping in Columbus Young, continued his trek west, as he hopes to continue making a difference one step at a time. Armand is changing the world.