INDIANAPOLIS – He’s in the middle of a tremendous journey – walking from coast-to-coast to honor fallen soldiers.
Joe Patrick is a veteran and firefighter from Rhode Island, but this weekend he was here in Central Indiana, bringing with him a giant banner that honors fallen soldiers killed in action.
Each soldier’s picture is featured on the display to memorialize the fallen in a very visual and personal manner.
“When you see a number, that’s not overwhelming,” Patrick said. “But when you physically see them, you see them as people.”
Patrick has been walking cross-country for nearly four months, staying at fire houses along the way.
This weekend, Patrick visited firefighters in Speedway, where they know the pain of war all too well. In fact, one of the fallen soldiers pictured on that banner used to be a Speedway firefighter.
“I have good friends of mine that are on this banner,” said Battalion Chief Everett Cheney. “It’s overwhelming to look at the enormity of this sea of faces.”
“Those are the people who no longer have a voice,” Patrick said. “So I wanted to do something so they could be heard and seen again.”
Already, the faces on that banner have been seen all across the country – Patrick started near San Diego, and will wrap up his journey at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington D.C. this fall.
You can read more about his efforts and see pictures of his journey on a Facebook page he’s created called “Faces of Our Fallen.”