A Vietnam veteran is currently walking from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for his fellow Marine, Amir Hekmati, and the three other Americans held in Iran.
“The Walking Marine” Terry Sharpe has hit the road before — for Marine reservist Andrew Tahmooressi, who was held in a Mexican prison for seven months after bringing guns into the country.
Sharpe has also walked to bring attention to the suicide rate among veterans.
The 64-year-old vet began his walk for the Iran hostages on June 1 in Summerfield, N.C. He was due to arrive in Charlottesville, Va., tonight and Ruckersville tomorrow. The mid-Atlantic region is sweating under temps reaching into the 90s right now.
As he gets closer to D.C., Sharpe will announce the final date for his march on the Capitol. Volunteers along the route have been marching for a few miles with flags and signs, providing food or lodging, or helping carry the veteran’s gear.
His route is following Highway 29.
Hekmati, who served as a sergeant in Iraq, was seized while visiting extended family for the first time in August 2011 and convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage.
Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who has reported from Tehran since 2008, was seized on July 22, 2014, in a raid on his home.
Idaho pastor Saeed Abedini was convicted in January 2013 of establishing Christian house churches while in the country to set up a government-sanctioned orphanage.
Former FBI agent Bob Levinson went missing off the coast of Iran eight years ago while working as a private investigator. Levinson’s family later received images of him in captivity, though the Iranian government has maintained they don’t know who is holding him.
Visit WalkingMarine.com to see where you can catch up with Sharpe along his route and show your support.