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Old 03-10-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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The Bridge To Nowhere

"The bridge to nowhere" in Auburntown TN, you know it or you don't. It spans over a great series of sweeper's between Woodbury and Auburntown, TN. It's the site of many pics and new years toasts. I rode across it today and realized they changed the sign. It was renamed for a friend of my son's that died in Afghanistan. He was 20. Not old enough to drink...20. He was the kid that hit's on your wife right in front of you because he thought he was that cool. He was the kid that did silly talent shows in school just to get a laugh. He was the kid that everybody liked and the one that ultimately gave his life 2 and a half years after he got his high school diploma for my freedom. He could have been my son or yours, but he wasn't. He was Frank Walkup. The next time you haul ass across a bridge thats says "memorial" at the bottom, think about that guy for a second. Thank you Frank...

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Old 03-10-2013, 07:04 PM   #2
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I'm guessing from looking on Google Maps it's on 145?
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:13 PM   #3
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Sorry to hear about his passing but glad they recognize fallen heroes
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:17 PM   #4
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The bridge is Locke Creek rd on one side and Pleasant Ridge on the other, but yeah it spans 145 which is Auburntown/Woodbury Rd depending on your direction. Lots of Harley guys go up on New Years for a toast every year, you can barely walk through there. Today is the first time i've known whom any memorial bridge was named for. It changes my outlook for sure. Go, ride and be thankful.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:26 PM   #5
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As a veteran I applaud your sharing of the story of a soldier who lost his life in the service of our country. As a citizen I thank 1st Lt. Frank B Walkup IV for the selfless giving of his life for his fellow citizens. To his family, fellow soldiers, and friends that supported him in his decision to serve our country I offer my heartfelt condolences and hope that his life will be remembered with joy.
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:51 PM   #6
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It's very sad this young man died.

But the war in Afghanistan is not
even remotely necessary in order for Americans to remain
free. If anything the reverse is true, and technology
which was used in Afghanistan will eventually be used
against Americans here in the US. And if you think the US
is a free country you are living in a dream world. Americans
cannot even travel to Cuba without our own government wanting to
mess with us when we return home. That's not freedom, that is
oppression.


Afghanistan is the same sort of utter waste that Viet Nam
was. I served in Viet Nam and I saw the waste with my own
eyes.

The bottom line is, good men need much better reasons to
die than Viet Nam and Afghanistan. And the US needs to quit trying
to control the world. The US would be a better place if US resources
were used helping Americans here at home rather than in vain attempts
at maintaining an empire, all of which will fail.


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Old 03-10-2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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And I served in 6 years during Desert Storm. Regardless what the war was about, we all stepped up to serve and sacrifice. We all did just that. Don't betray a young mans ultimate sacrifice with politics.
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