Larry Johnson’s 100 Mile Walk For Hope

TEN DAYS FREE FROM VIOLENCE also asked for a writeup of my Sept 21 stroll, so this is what I wrote for them.  Larry


As a veteran who believes in peacemaking, I am doing the 100 MILE WALK FOR HOPE, called for by the National Commander of the American Legion.  My $30 registration supports the Legion’s “Veteran and Childrens Foundation” fund, and his suggestion is that veterans walk at least a mile a day, adding up to 100 by November 11.  Looks also like a call for regular exercise.  I walk every day anyway, so chose to include 4 days of 20-22 miles, representative of the tragic number of veterans who each day choose to take their own lives.  My story, as it appears on the Legion site, is at

On International Peace Day, September 21, inside the TEN DAYS FREE FROM VIOLENCE, I will walk from my home in Golden Valley to the homeless encampment near the Lake Harriet Bandshell, then on to the Lake Harriet Peace Garden, for a noon meditation by the SPIRIT OF PEACE statue.  The meditation will focus on ALL, especially veterans, finding their own inner peace, but also for leaders to have the courage to negotiate much more international conflict without war.  We need no more homelessness among American veterans and civilians, as well as an end to the worldwide pandemic of homeless refugees from war torn countries. 

The Peace Garden is at 4124 Roseway Road, right across from the Rose Garden.  Individuals are welcome to join at a distance by the statue on the hill, or can join “virtually” in this prayer from anywhere at noon September 21.

Larry Johnson