JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla.-- Many Jacksonville Beach neighbors have given their lives for our country, and this weekend they will lend their voices to a march in Washington, D.C. Many will take part in a satellite march Sunday in Jacksonville Beach.
Retired WWII Marine John Molisano is 87 years old and said it's too difficult for him to make the big trip to our nation's capital this weekend to join in on the Million Veteran March.
"My wife and I, we're through with our traveling," he said.
But while his veteran brothers and sisters will be marching at national monuments in Washington, a local group will bring the cause to him. The Beaches Locally Owned Business Blog has organized a satellite march Sunday at the Veterans Memorial at A1A and 2nd St.
"We thought we'd just do it here, too, to show a little support," said organizer Chuck McCue.
McCue said he expects a decent turnout as many local vets are frustrated with furlough and park shutdowns across the country.
"I think it's just an outcry of what's going on in the country," he said. "I think the straw that broke the camel's back was the blocking of veterans from their own memorials."
Compared to the Million Veteran March in Washington, it may seem small, but Molisano, who fought for our freedom, reminds us that every voice counts.
The March begins at 9 a.m. Sunday. Discounted refreshments will be offered to veterans at nearby establishments.