Tribute to Our Troops Comes to Centerra [PICTURES]
Dan and Michelle Benavidez have come and gone. What a beautiful day it was to welcome the Gold Star family and AMF100 board member as they make their way almost 1100 miles to the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall in Illinois for the honor rally in mid June.
Dan and Michelle decided to do this walk in honor of their son Sgt. Kennith Maynes who lost his life in 2008 protecting the United States Constitution and our freedom. They aren't on this walk however just for Kennith but for every other lost soul that has been KIA on foreign soil.
Almost 100 motorcycles from the groups Journey 4 Justice and the Patriot Guard Riders escorted Dan and Michelle to Centerra where the entrances were lined with flags, claps and cheers for a short stop before they head east and events planned for North Platte and Greenwood, NE
Several groups were in attendance to show their support and Walmart staff presented AMF100 a check for over $13,000 today to help support the American Military Family mission and since AMF doesn't really market themselves, any and all donations are welcomed.
So what and where is the Middle East Conflicts Memorial Wall?
On June 19th, 2004 in Marseilles, IL a Granite Memorial Wall was dedicated commemorating the servicemen and women who have lost their lives in worldwide conflicts since 1979. The project was built with donated material and labor and is the first of its kind, in the History of the United States, to give honor to our fallen by name while a conflict is ongoing.
It took 20 years to Honor our Vietnam Veterans.
Almost 60 years to Honor our World War II Veterans.
The names on the wall represent our fallen heroes from such diverse locations as Panama, Lebanon, the Balkans, Grenada, Somalia, Haiti, USS Cole, USS Stark, Terrorist attacks in Italy, Greece, Scotland, and the current conflicts in the Middle East.