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Gold Star Military Family Continues Trek To Marseilles

Posted by wlpo on May 29, 2012

If the recent heat had you worn down, imagine walking 18 miles a day in it.  Parents of a fallen soldier are walking that much to get to Marseilles.

Michelle and Dan Benavidez left from Colorado Springs April 13th on their way to the Middle East Conflicts Wall Memorial tribute on June 16th.  The couple finished their 45th day of walking yesterday in Stuart, Iowa, just west of Des Moines.  Michelle Benavidez blogged “the gravel is killer on your feet and the dust from the road gets into your eyes, mouth, clothes, and hair”.  “It’s really nothing but hills, cows and corn”.

The Benavidez’s son Army Sgt. Kenneth Mayne was killed by an explosive in 2008 during his second tour of duty in Iraq.

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