On November 11, former Navy Seal Chris Ring was featured on CBS News’ Veteran’s Day Special. Chris Ring is currently swimming 2,350 down the Mississippi River and is meeting Gold Star Families along the way, as his Legacies Alive challenge. As of Tuesday, November 10th, Chris hit his 2,000 mile mark.
Chris spends six to eight hours a day, six days a week, swimming down the Mississippi River. At his journey’s end, he will go down as the first American to swim the entire Mississippi, but he says it’s those families and the memory of their loved ones that made it happen.
“I couldn’t imagine anything better than to really raise awareness and honor these fallen heroes,” [Ring] said.
Ring, who started his 157-day long journey in June, said he was inspired to make the swim for Legacies Alive by a cross-country hike last year by army veteran Mike Viti. Mike Viti began his 6 month journey in DuPont, WA. Hiking an average of 25 miles a day, Mike walked around the perimeter of the United States of America covering over 7,100 kilometers, or 4,400 miles honoring the 6,843 service members who were killed in the Global War on Terrorism and ending on December 13th, 2014 at the Army-Navy game in Baltimore, MD.
As for Ring, he has met nearly 200 Gold Star Families since his journey began, and hopes to meet many more before his challenge ends in early December.
“If I’m having a terrible day on the river, it’s going to be over in however many hours, but these families have to live with their pain and suffering and their burdens for the rest of their lives,” said Ring. ” I feel more than privileged to be able to do it. It is truly an honor to do it.”
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