, The Spectrum
CEDAR CITY – Armand Young is traveling the country, his destination from the Santa Monica Pier in California to Ground Zero in New York City and back again.
But rather than just hop in a vehicle, Young decided in 2007 he would walk the American landscape and commit random acts of kindness along the way.
Now on his second trek from New York City to California, Young stopped in Cedar City this week.
As he walks, Young carries with him what he calls the “most-signed object in the world” – a bamboo pole sporting 593 flags with more than 600,000 signatures on them and over 200 bandanas tied to the bottom of the pole.
The idea behind the pole is to have strangers sign the flags and, in return, ask that they promise to complete a random act of kindness in the following 24 hours to honor a fallen soldier or someone who died on Sept. 11, 2001.
“Every step I take is for a soldier who can’t take a step and every mile I walk is for a victim who lost their lives in 9/11, and I’m doing acts of kindness in their name as I walk across America,” he said Wednesday. “Everywhere I go I ask people if they would like to sign this and do an act of kindness in the name of a fallen soldier or a victim of 9/11 in the next 24 hours.”
Among the more than 600,000 signatures on his pole, 60 percent are names from families who lost someone on 9/11. He also has signatures from more than 500 celebrities including famous country singers Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard.
Young takes pictures of everyone who signs his flags and posts the photos on his Facebook page.
His goal: Collect one million signatures.
Young said he believes he’ll surpass that number in the next three to four months, during which he will be walking toward the California coastline.
Young stops at every city hall and police station in every town he comes to and collects patches that he adds to one of the 14 honor flags he’s carrying.
Young stopped and spoke Tuesday night with Iron County Sheriff Mark Gower, asking him to sign his name on one of the flags and promising to complete an act of kindness in the next 24 hours.
“I think it’s great what he’s doing,” Gower said. “It was really neat meeting him last night.”
With the exception of a few breaks along the way, Young has been walking since April 16, 2007. He started his journey this year in Wheatland, Iowa on March 25.
Young reached Ground Zero on Sept. 3, 2010 and stayed until Sept. 12. During that time, he met survivors and people who lost loved ones following the terrorists attack, adding all of them to his signatures.
Along the way, Young, who is an ambassador for the Jefferson County Community Ministry in Charles Town, West Virginia, has done everything from helping homeless families get into a home of their own to simply buying someone lunch.
Young’s trip hasn’t always been easy.
“I’ve been chased by a bear, harassed, spit on, shot at, robbed and hit by a car,” Young said.
At one point he had to stop for 19 days to say goodbye to his mom and later to care for his sister who laid “brain dead” in the hospital after a car accident.
Despite the setbacks, Young, an ex-convict who spent time in prison 25 years ago, hopes his actions now will inspire others.
“I get all kinds of feedback from people who tell me they’ve done all kinds of acts of kindness from bringing sandwiches to people, smiling at people, helping people, finding families and changing their lives,” Young said. “I want people to know that no matter who they are or what they’ve done, they can still change the world.”
Young said he has been contacted by the Smithsonian and the 9/11 Memorial Museum, both interested in displaying his bamboo pole with the flags.
But Young said he doesn’t want to see the pole behind a glass case but rather out where the public can “interact with it.”
Young said he plans to auction it off, with a starting bid of $2 million of which he will use to continue the tradition of kindness he has started with his walk.
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