American Legion Post 233 in Elk Grove, Calif., held its second annual Walk for Veterans with more than 200 Legion family and community members in attendance.
The attendees gathered at Elk Grove Cemetery on Memorial Day for the 1.8-mile walk to raise awareness about those who served their country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.
"For Post 233's American Legion Family, the Walk for Veterans has been an effective vessel for connecting veterans to other veterans and to services and programs offered by The American Legion; and it's created an understanding within the community about our veterans needs and challenges," said Maryanna Rickner, a member of Post 233 and the post's Walk for Veterans committee chairman. "The event has been warmly welcomed and has become a part of maintaining positive rapport with the Elk Grove community."
Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly presented a resolution of support on behalf of the Elk Grove City Council to Post 233 Commander Larry Sahota during the Elk Grove Cemetery’s Memorial Day ceremony, which was held prior to the walk.
Other participants of the walk included Boy Scouts Troop 288, Cosumnes River College President Edward Bush and Post 233 member Ernie Costa, a 91-year old World War II veteran who was determined to walk part of the route.
After the walk, a free lunch was held.
Post 233's Walk for Veterans raised nearly $270, which will be divided between the Legion's National Emergency Fund and Temporary Financial Assistance program – National Commander Charles E. Schmidt's fundraising project.
"The American Legion Walk for Veterans means connecting with and honoring all veterans. And by taking to the streets, visibly displaying patriotism and support for veterans in a way unlike any other event experienced throughout the year," Rickner said.