Marching for a Cause

Heather Smith - Thursday, March 08, 2012

'Tony the Vet' marches through Somerset County on his way to New York to honor America's veterans

Anthony 'Tony the Vet' LoBue marched through the hometown of World War II hero Marine Sgt. John Basilone this afternoon, March 2, carrying an American flag and hoping to draw attention to the sacrifice - and needs - of veterans.

LoBue intends to end his 100-mile trek, from Allentown, Pa. to Grand Central Station in New York City next week to honor the arrival at the train station of a huge 9/11 memorial flag from the Curtis Armory in Allentown.

Born in Brooklyn, the 69-year-old man marched from San Diego, Calif. to Ground Zero in Manhattan last year, to honor the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.

After passing through Dunellen today, the disabled Vietnam-era vet intends to spend a little extra time in Scotch Plains - where he grew up - then on to Union and Jersey City/Hoboken before arriving in New York City.

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