BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – A group of airmen walking along Highway 90 in Biloxi Tuesday morning are in the middle of an 860-mile trek across five states to honor fallen soldiers.
Fourteen active duty airmen started the "Walk for the Fallen" at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, about a week ago. They'll end their journey in Florida, at Hurlburt Field near Pensacola.
Each one carries a baton, with the name of a fellow airman who has died fighting in the War on Terror.
"So we're here to honor them, let the families know that we're never going to forget them," explains SSgt. Robert Parro, of Lackland Air Force Base. "And also raise awareness for the Special Operation Warriors Foundation, who actually is an organization that contributes a lot of money to the fallen airmen and soldiers families - anything from sending their kids to college, to helping the families out for reunions and things like that."
SSgt. Parro also hopes the walk will raise awareness about the Air Force special operators who are on the ground, fighting every day.
Students from Keesler Air Force Base who are currently training to become combat controllers joined the "Walk for the Fallen" as it passed through South Mississippi.