VICKSBURG, Miss. (WJTV) – He’s shown his bravery on the battlefield and now he’s braving the Mighty Mississippi.
All to honor his fallen comrades and their families.
28-year-old Chris Ring from Tennessee will be the first American to swim the entire Mississippi River all in honor of Gold Star families.
A Gold Star Family is a family that’s lost a loved one in service to their country.
That’s why the former Navy Combat Veteran Chris Ring is swimming down the Mississippi River, to hono the families and fallen heroes.
“There’s nothing better really than honoring our fallen heroes and supporting the families they left behind I just want to raise national awareness to life and care of these fallen heroes everyone is going to know and know the sacrifice these heroes and families paid so others don’t have to.” Ring said.
Ring served for 10 years in the Navy.
He started his journey June 6th, D-Day, battling the Mighty Mississippi.
“There’s good days and there’s bad days. No day’s perfect. There’s always some obstacle.
These families have to live with their loss for their entire lives. So whenever I’m having a rough day I just think about the burden they have to live with.” Ring said.
It’s a club that no one wants to join. The entry fee is too high but the Gold Star families lean on one another in honor of their soldiers.
“As a mother we are always afraid that our child will be forgotten. And this lets us know that we’re not the only ones that remember,” Donna Bagwell, a Gold Star family member, said.
“It’s just so touching that someone feels so greatly about this, this legacy, that no one should forget those that have fallen.” Jane Cunningham, a Gold Star family member, said.
Ring has about 480 miles to go and is expected to complete his swim by December 4, 2015.