Boots Across the Bridge!

Oct 25, 13 Boots Across the Bridge!

This year, Veterans Day, Monday, November 11th 2013, there is a special project that I am getting behind. “Boots Across the Bridge” is the idea of Gold Star Mother Hope Hollinsworth Coaxum, whose son was Killed in Action.


Army Staff Sgt. Courtney Hollinsworth died September 9, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom. He was 26, from Yonkers, N.Y. and assigned to the 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan. He died Sept. 9 in Baghdad of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device and grenades.

Hope is coordinating this event along with the Mayor of Yonkers to commemorate Veterans Day in a unique way. The bridge will be lined with Boots representing the Troops on deployment, the Troops that aren’t coming home, ever. The Mayor considered the endeavor on Veterans Day, which is the day that reflects the commitment of the Soldier and the ultimate Sacrifice he or she is willing to make for their fellow Man and their Country.

As those of you that know me, know that my first commitment will always be to Our Gold Star Parents, to be there for them, as their Sons or Daughters would be, but can’t because they gave up their life for this Country that We All Live in and Love.

What We need to see this mission though is Boots: new Boots, your old Boots, any Boots lying around in your closet to line this bridge, this event is only a few weeks away, and there isn’t time to go to corporate sponsors or manufacturers.

I will set up a collection box (a big one) at the VAC. And then on Veterans Day I will be riding up to Yonkers to Support Hope’s vision to Honor Our Veterans. We will be escorting up the Boots trailer, and helping Hope and the city of Yonkers to see this through. I hope some of you feel the same way I do and join us in Yonkers that morning.

Boots can be dropped off at Boots on the Ground NY VAC (veterans activity center – 2184 Pond Road, Unit A-4, Ronkonkoma NY 11779.

To make things easier for drop off I will place a covered steel drum outside our door that you can place the Boots in, and cover the top to keep the weather off of.

Otherwise we are there all day on Saturdays and most evenings.

As Veteran Day approaches I will post a staging time to KSU from the VAC, along with a staging location in Nassau & Queens for those that wish to join us in Yonkers.

Have you Thanked a Veteran today?
Frank Bania
Boots on the Ground NY



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