Rather than enjoying a picnic or a day at the beach this Memorial Day, the members of Civil Air Patrol Squadron 904–including Saucon Valley High School senior Andrew Wieder–are spending the holiday by going on a 22-mile walk for an important cause through parts of Bethlehem Township and Bethlehem.
The group departed from the Park ‘n Ride lot at Rt. 33 and William Penn Highway in Bethlehem Township at 9 a.m. Monday.
The purpose of the walk is to raise awareness of veteran suicide and funds for Misson 22, an organization that is dedicated to helping prevent the loss of more veterans to suicide by providing access to treatment and resources.
The name of the organization comes from a sobering statistic: Each day on average 22 veterans take their own lives.
To learn more about Mission 22 or make a donation, visit Mission22.com.
Civil Air Patrol is an auxiliary of the United States Air Force.
The Quakertown-based Squadron 904 performs a variety of functions, from educating youth in areas of aerospace and leadership to performing search and rescue/disaster relief and teaching drill and ceremonies.