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Marching on: Vietnam veteran walks in salute of America




By / The State News

Vietnam veteran and Haslett, Mich. resident Colin Campbell takes viewers through his daily routine, a walk up and down Marsh Road that has earned him gifts and supporters.



When Haslett resident Colin Campbell began walking down Marsh Road waving an American flag after 9/11, he didn’t expect it to turn out the way it did.

Thousands of honks, waves, middle fingers and 8,173 likes on Facebook later, the Vietnam War veteran said he supports the troops as he walks.

Campbell walks down Marsh Road daily with his dog Jada, waving at drivers. Using a clicker, he counts how many people honk or wave.

Campbell started walking and waving in the 1980. He added a flag after 9/11. Throughout the years, people have stopped, giving him gifts and even job offers.

He keeps the gifts — a Vietnamese medicine bottle filled with two snakes, framed art and American-themed clothing.

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By Julia Nagy / The State News
Haslett, Mich., resident Colin Campbell grabs his dog's, Jada, leash March 12, 2013, in front of his home on Marsh Road. Campbell walks Jada everyday down Marsh Road, waving an American flag.
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By Julia Nagy / The State News
Haslett, Mich., resident Colin Campbell walks March 8, 2013, down Marsh Road during one of his three daily walks. Campbell walks down Marsh Road waving an American flag to show his support for the troops.

He plans to keep walking.

“Well until my wife says, ‘No,’ or until I can’t,” he said. “I want to put a smile on somebody’s face.”


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