DEDHAM – From Cadillac to Katahdin, Greg Johnson is walking more than 150 miles, all to honor Maine’s fallen service members.
On Friday, our news team caught up with him as he neared the edge of Hancock County.
“It’s a privilege to be able to carry the stories and memories of our fallen heroes as told to us by Gold Star Families,” said Johnson.
Johnson, a former marine, is trying to bring attention and funds to The Summit Project, a group that hikes Maine’s peaks carrying stones engraved with the names of fallen service members.
“It’s cold, sometimes I wonder why I didn’t do this in the summer,” said Johnson.
The Portland native is on the road for ten days on his way to Baxter State Park, and on the eleventh will hike Katahdin with a group.
He said so far drivers have given him space.
“I think we just completed one of the most dangerous stretches that we have right here,” he said of walking alongside Route 1A.
And along the way, people have offered him places to sleep, offered food, and ways to keep warm.
“Not surprised, he’s just a go-getter…we’re glad that we’re able to meet him and bring him some warm socks,” said Trish Lanigan, an Ellsworth resident and friend of Johnson’s who stopped by to drop off socks and energy drinks.
Johnson has been documenting his journey on Facebook, stopping by Dedham School Friday to many excited students.
With him, he’s carrying an honor rock for The Summit Project. And the Deadpool toy? Well, that’s a request from Johnson’s son.
“I don’t care how big and how bad you are, when your son asks you to carry a stuffed animal, you carry a stuffed animal,” he said.
The eventual goal is to spread The Summit Project’s mission of remembering those lost overseas, from Maine to all over the country.
“This is a drop in the bucket…honestly these guys gave everything so it’s the least we can do,” said Johnson.