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100-year-old MN WWII vet crosses finish line on 100-mile walk for charity

CLARKS GROVE, Minn — A WWII Veteran has accomplished a lofty objective he set in Could.

At 100 years previous, Mickey Nelson has completed a 100-mile stroll, crossing the end line two blocks from his Clarks Grove, Minnesota house as supporters cheered.

“He is a very particular man and we’re simply blessed to have him in our lives,” Mickey’s daughter, Michelle Kelm, stated.

Britain’s WWII veteran Tom Moore impressed Mickey by lapping his backyard 100 instances, whereas elevating hundreds of thousands of {dollars} for England’s well being care system.

“And pa stated, ‘He is utilizing a walker, I am fairly certain I can stroll 100 miles with no walker,’” Michelle stated with fun in a Could interview.

Mickey set a objective of elevating $5000 {dollars} for the Salvation Military.

As a substitute, donors impressed by Mickey’s stroll have chipped in additional than $100,000.

Mickey, who grew up in the course of the Nice Melancholy, requested that the cash be spent feeding folks in want.

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“These had been robust days in Melancholy days,” he stated in a June interview. “I bear in mind the bread traces in these days. They had been lining up for one thing to eat. It left a mark on me that individuals wanted meals.”

Earlier than strolling his final mile, Mickey was handled to a WWII Jeep journey by Clarks Grove by a bunch of WWII reenactors. 

The group made a cease on the Pour Home bar the place the reenactors sat with Mickey on a picnic desk sipping sodas and gaining perception from a WWII real article.

Steve Briola, the Jeep’s proprietor, requested Mickey when he’d final ridden in a military Jeep. 

“Nicely, it will be ‘43 I believe,” Mickey stated.

The reenactors had been amongst a number of dozen individuals who walked alongside on the final leg of Mickey’s 100 miles.

They then saluted his accomplishment.

Main Sandy Hunt of the Albert Lea Salvation Military crossed the end line with Mickey too.  She praised his service to her group.

“It’s going to feed lots of people,” she stated. “It’s going to do quite a lot of good.”


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