Marching on: Vietnam veteran walks in salute of America

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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.

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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