Men walk busy roadside to raise awareness of veterans suicide

Drivers on U.S. 1 might have seen them this week

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BY SHELDON GARDNER

two men walking along the roadside, one carrying an American flag and a Marine Corps flag.

Terry Sharpe and Michael Boncek’s journey in St. Johns County on Thursday was part of walk to raise awareness of suicide rates among veterans. They took a break from their walk in the morning at a church parking lot on U.S. 1, a couple of miles south of State Road 312.

Sharpe, the one with the flagpoles attached to his backpack, held a walking staff with a key chain that held strips of fabric, each with a name.

“This right here are veterans who have committed suicide,” he said. “That’s about a day’s worth.”

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