LEHI, Utah – One year ago, Jonathon Walker stood alone of a freeway overpass holding an American Flag. This year, he’s back out there, and this time, he brought company.
On Veterans Day 2014, the Utah County veteran set out to honor those who have served and died on behalf of our country, and walked away with a new-found appreciation.
“I had a lot of people come up to me on the bridge and talk to me," he said. "I've had veterans that just moved into the state. I've had other people, they just want to shake my hand. It was a real neat experience."
Walker’s act touched many people who wanted to take part in the tradition this year. Wednesday, veterans and volunteers joined Walker in Lehi on the Veterans Memorial Highway Bridge. They held a flag ceremony and saluted drivers as they passed by, a display of patriotism and solidarity.
“I’m proud I could serve and glad I could do what I could for my country,” said Steve Caron, a military veteran who participated in Wednesday's event.
Walker challenged veterans to man other overpasses throughout the state. Bob Fillmore, a Vietnam Veteran, stood post at 2100 North and I-215.
Drivers paid their respect by honking their horns, and some even pulled over to take photos while others dropped off coffee and snacks for the vet.
“It makes me feel good; I'm very proud of this country,” Fillmore said.
Walker is amazed at the outpouring of love and support for veterans, and he said he hopes people will take notice of them year round.
Walker said: “Turn to your neighbor, find a veteran, and just say, 'How are you doing?' Say thanks for what you do. Check on them once in a while. Let them know they're appreciated and remembered. That goes a long ways to helping out a veteran."
If you would like to participate in this effort, there’s room for you. For more information about “Standing Quietly”, click here.