Mission 22 members, public complete annual 24-hour walk

RAPID CITY, S.D. – From 8:00 a.m. Saturday to 8:00 a.m. Sunday, members of Mission 22 completed their 24-hour walk this morning at Rapid City’s O’Harra stadium.

Mission 22 3The event was held to honor and remember the 22 veterans lost every day to suicide and show support for local veterans as well.

Region Leader Chris Cooper finished the walk some 50 and a half miles later, just over 200 laps around the stadium track.

Local law enforcement members and veterans, along with fellow Mission 22 members and families joined Cooper as the clock struck 8:00 a.m.

“It’s important that we remember those that we lost. Because as long as we remember them, and we don’t forget about them, they live forever,” said Cooper. “It shows people who are struggling that they’re not alone – that people are willing to take the time out of their day, year after year, weeks after weeks or months, whatever the case may be, to show them that they are not alone. To show them that they care about them.”

If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, you can call 800-273-8255.

More information on Mission 22 can be found on their website here.

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