Henryetta Now Home of the Walking Veteran Memorial Wagon
Sunday, 29 January 2017 18:24
The people of Henryetta shared in a celebration of remembering our Veteran’s on Saturday when they were visited by Thomas Wayne Hudson, The Walking Veteran. Hudson, got his name “The Walking Veteran” by completing his mission last year to walk across America for the purpose of bringing awareness to the American people, to learn from Veterans and to honor and deliver the message of hurting Veterans to Congress. Hudson started his walk in Las Vegas Nevada on May 2, 2016 and concluded his journey in the Nations capital of Washington DC in November 2016.
Thomas spent some time in Henryetta visiting schools and talking with Veterans over the past few weeks and brought with him the wagon he pulled on his journey known as the Walking Veteran Wagon. The wagon was inducted into the Henryetta Historical Society Territorial Museum in Henryetta. During Hudsons walk across America, many people donated special items for Thomas to carry in honor of love ones. All of these items and gifts will also be donated and now have a home as well at the museum for historic preservation.
A parade was held on Saturday that preceded down Broadway Street to 10th to the Henryetta Civic center. Henryetta youth Daniel Cox pulled the wagon as he had been recognized previously by the Walking Veteran for Daniel’s kindness of bringing him water on a hot July day when Hudson traveled through Henryetta. Everyone gathered at the Civic center for a meal and ceremony that included special guest speakers, music and Thomas reviewed his walk across America. Daniel Cox who was coined the youngest walking Veteran also led the parade. Cox for his kindness on a hot July day when Hudson came to town. Cox was honored with a proclamation in both Henryetta and Arkansas each designating a “Daniel Cox Day.”
Hudson was surprised by a special guest “Cookie” his private duty nurse from Houston, who traveled to Oklahoma for a reunion visit.