Lewis, of Ronan, set out on foot last spring from Everett, Wash., to walk across America, and to the wall
It took him almost six months.
He walked more than 3,000 miles.
Through blizzards, lightning storms, howling winds, pounding rain and sweltering heat, the 62-year-old hiked, pushing a baby stroller in front of him filled with gear and supplies, and decorated with American and military flags.
There was a sign on the front of the stroller. “Walking for the Fallen,” it said.
Along the way, countless curious people pulled u-turns and drove back to stop Lewis – who spent four years in the Marine Corps in the early 1970s, and eight years in the Navy Reserves in the 1980s – to find out just what he was up to.
Some gave him money. By Wednesday, Lewis had collected more than $35,000 along the way, money he will donate to various causes that benefit America’s veterans.
“It’s pretty remarkable,” Lewis said in a telephone interview Wednesday, “given that I was not standing in front of a Wal-Mart with a sign. More than $30,000 of it was collected on the road (the rest came in at www.walkingforthefallen.com, the website that tracked his progress and also accepted donations). People had to go out of their way to stop and see me.”