Today, I met James "Trout" Armontrout, a Cherokee citizen, who is hiking from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Sandusky, Ohio in an effort to raise awareness for two non-profits; the Semper Fi Fund and the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund.
From the webpage about his hike, The March - Forging Forward for the Fallen:
Trout started his walk June 16 at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, paying his respects to two Marines who were killed that day - Capt. Randolph Guzman and Sgt. Benjamin Davis. The hike will conclude at the 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines Battle of Fallujah Veterans' Reunion held in Ohio between July 2nd to July 5th.
"A journey of remembrance for those who have gone on, healing from the guilt of survival, connection to those we meet along the way, and closure that we are still here and relevant. We are "Forging Forward For the Fallen" and we invite you to join this journey and remember that Freedom is a choice to forego ourselves for the benefit and livelihood of our fellow countrymen." - James Armontrout
While the first five days of the hike Trout has had to travel through the rains of Tropical Depression Bill and then the heat and humidity of Oklahoma and Missouri summers, his spirit and determination remain strong. Keep our fellow Cherokee in your thoughts and prayers as he makes this hike. It won't be easy, but if anyone can do this, Trout can.
Safe travels, Trout!
Donations in support of this hike will benefit the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund and the Semper Fi Fund. To make a donation please click here. For additional information please download their flyer.
Those are my thoughts for today.
Thanks for reading.
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