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Freedom High student walks 22 miles for veterans

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - A Freedom High School student observed Memorial Day by walking the streets of Northampton County.

Alex Pantaleo went from his house in Bethlehem Township to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Bethlehem then back to his house.

With each step he is making a difference.

He said, "I'm glad I could be a catalyst for change hopefully."

He's hoping to change the number 22.

That's roughly how many veterans commit suicide each day.

"I thought that was really crazy that that could ever happen," said Pantaleo.

On this Memorial Day, with a flag in his hand, the Freedom High School senior is walking 22 miles to bring awareness to an issue he says most people don't even know about.

Although it's not an easy task Pantaleo never quits.

He said, "I just keep thinking that people are down range doing things protecting us so the least I can do is keep on pushing."

Pushing his body to the limit and his thoughts toward the many sacrifices military men and women have made.

He said, "On a day like today Memorial Day it's important to take a minute out of your time and really reflect on why we have our freedoms today and the people who got us here."

But this is just the beginning of Pantaleo’s patriotic journey.

He plans on going to The Citadel, which is a military college in South Carolina, so he can look after us like other servicemen and women have in the past.

If you'd like to donate to Pantaleo's cause click here. 

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