While this heroic act is still in progress, it is clear that this is one of the more interesting and impressive acts of selflessness we have seen in years.
Chris Ring, from Nashville Tennessee, is swimming the entire length of the Mississippi River (2,552 Miles) in order to honor the sacrifice of our nation’s fallen heroes and the Gold Star Families they leave behind. Chris, a Navy veteran, began his journey on June 6th in Lake Itasca, MN, and hopes to end at “mile 0” marker in the Gulf of Mexico on December 12th, the day of the annual Army – Navy football game. If done without rest, this is an average of fourteen miles per day. The completion of the journey would make Chris the first American ever to complete the journey and only the second human ever.
Far from being a publicity stunt, Chris has a very specific purpose for this incredible feat. He is attempting to help keep the legacies of our fallen service men and women alive and to bring awareness to the sacrifices of these spouses of KIA’s. He has made his first order of business, following his honorable discharge, to honor and remember the sacrifice of the thousands of Americans who have given their lives during the Global War on Terror and to honor the sacrifice their families will forever endure.
Specifically, he is hoping to shine a light on the Gold Star organization as he feels that, given it’s important work, it is not well enough known. And, in the spirit of a true Everyday Hero, he is looking at his commitment with humility, comparing his efforts to those with fallen loved ones. “Nothing I face is going to equal to the pain and suffering these families have felt,” he told KCRG, the ABC affiliate in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
You can follow Chris’ Journey here and donate to the Gold Star Family Foundation Here