ERIE (Erie News Now) – When Marine Corps veteran Mike Powell learned That 13 American, including 11 Marines died in Afghanistan last week, he felt hopeless, unable to help and unsure of how to cope.
“Sleepless nights. A lot of anger. A lot of sadness,” he said. “And a lot of regret that there’s not more that I could do.”
But he knew he had to do something, so what started as a daily Facebook post turned into a 13-mile march. Each mile each minute, each step, in honor of the Marines who gave their lives to keep us safe.
“This was a perfect opportunity to sacrifice a little bit of my time and my energy to do this for them,” he said.
And in an increasingly polarized world, Powell says his effort today isn’t about politics. It’s about honor, respect, and appreciation for the country in which we live.
“Love your country,” he said. “Love your family and love your neighbors. Love everyone. Because that’s the key to our country’s success.”
So as he marches toward healing, Paul says he wants the families of the killed Marines to know they’ll heal too. But there are a lot of steps toward recovery.
“It’s going to be OK,” he said. “We’ve got your back”