Day 125


July 30th, 2010

Someone placed them at the base of quite a few mile markers along Highway 200 (at least 13 and counting).


  1. kim in GH says:

    I really like this.

  2. Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

    Those are some tiny flags. They’re nice and that someone took the time to do this too is even nicer.

  3. carolyn says:

    Have you ever been to a Veteran’s cemetary around Veteran’s day or Memorial day…the site is amazing! Every burial site with an American flag.

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      Yes my Dad is a veteran of the Korean War and the cemetery is always decorated for the different holidays. His grave always has a flag on it anyway, we try to make sure one stays there all the time for him.
      This makes a nice roadside tribute here.

      • carolyn says:

        Dorinda, do u ever sleep? I noticed u posted before me and after me. No wonder you need Dr. Perky! or is it we can’t get enough of Matt’s journey.

        • Jeff says:

          Dr. Perky is Candices nickname for her Morning Joe…borrowed from anothe person’s comment about a dr pepper mountain dew home store brand called Dr. Perky.

          Dorinda is addicted to the Matt. Plus she loves late night wrestling….go get um Dorinda. Your still my most favorite blue fish in all the world. How can I get you a knish….hmmmmmm

          • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

            Jeff is right carolyn, I am addicted. And Candice drinks Mr. Perky, I don’t drink anything but spring water, no Dr. Perky for me.
            I do sleep but Matt is what I do right before going to bed and as soon as I get up and all in between. I love to read new posts, new photos, see what’s up with everyone, etc. I’m gonna be terribly lost when it’s over but for now we party!
            Jeff, how would you get my knish….don’t know. I only knew 1 Jewish person when working and it was her husband who was truly Jewish.
            As far as wrestling goes, in the words of Kurt Angle “Oh it’s good, it’s Damn good!”

            • Jeff says:

              The King of Kings is Jewish. You can now say two. Thanks for the laugh

              • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

                oooppphhh!! Duh! How idiot of me. Yes Jeff thanks. I’ve known Him forever. How silly of me. Great catch.

                I’m glad it made you laugh.

              • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

                Jeff, I forgot- my psychiatrist is Jewish! That now makes 3. And I’m glad I’m still your favorite blue fish. Now we just need to find Nemo.

                Saw your cousin on TNA Thursday night all dressed up in his suit. He cleans up mighty nice.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Yes I have Carolyn.

      I get a lump in my throat everytime I see flags displayed at military cemetaries on special occasions like Veterans Day, Memorial Dat etc. I know these people gave the ultimate sacrafice. Because of their service we have the freedom to follow Matt and Matt has the freedom to walk across our great country.

  4. Terry and Janice from Missoula, Mt says:

    These little flags were placed every mile with each one dedicated to a soldier who lost their life in the Iraq war. Mike Ehredt, started running in Oregon May 1st and runs eight hours each day to end up in Maine. He pushed a running buggy and stays with a family each night along his pre-determined route.

    Here is a link to a news article from a local television station:

    And a link to his website:

    • deanna valenti meyer says:

      Wow! Thank you for sharing that link Terry & Janice! What a wonderful story that is. I would much rather fill my day with stories like these than the sensationalized drivel going on each and every day (be it politics, entertainment or whatever the flavor of the hour is). I’ve been losing so much hope in this country lately, but my pride is starting to come back with things like Matt’s experiences and the link you just shared. Thank you for being here every day Hobo Planet!! You all make my day!

    • Dorinda from Mentor, Oh. says:

      He has a running stroller just like Matt’s here. How neat that one man’s trip is intersecting with the others. Matt’s had that happen more than once this trip. Someone from Canada to Florida, the two men he met at a diner a few weeks back and I believe a couple others. But this one is pretty special. Thanks for the links.

    • Don in Tennessee says:

      Terry & Janice

      Thanks for sharing. Whether we are for the wars/conflicts or not we should respect the people who gave their life for our continued freedoms!

  5. Jeff says:

    keep counting, each one is special in and of itself

  6. Candice in Alabama says:

    So there were many mini-flags?

  7. Dennis in So Cal says:

    Unfortunately our losses have been so great the a flag could be posted at every mile along Matt’s entire walk.

  8. Julie in Cincinnati says:

    Seeing these flags is wonderful. Here in Cincinnati and the surrounding areas, we have flags everywhere because SSGT. Matt Maupin was from here. He was the only soldier who was captured and missing from this war – for 4 years (2004-2008). His body was recovered in 2008 and brought home here. His family started a Yellow Ribbon Support Center in 2004, which supports all military families through fundraisers and school scholarships – They also attend all of the military funerals in this region (unfortunately there have been many). They are an incredible family. There’s a soldier missing from Idaho (Bowe Bergdahl) and Matt’s family has been supporting them too. God bless our military and their families.

  9. Jeff says:

    I went to the site too…I suggest when withdrawel sets in here…go there. the “Verbage” is in greater detail. the stories are heart warming and heart wrenching at the same time. Not as many picutures…but the stories and blogs give you enough to come up with your own “vision”. And on the “what you can do to help” page….they use…Are you ready for this Hobo Planet……Vicarious….. oh yea…that’s right. I highly recommend going there.

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