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Be Remarkable: Minister and war veteran honors lifetime commitment to service

Published: Sep. 21, 2020 at 7:22 PM CDT
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) - “I didn’t do these things to be honored, I did them because my life has been committed to the ministry,” said Walter Strickland Junior, this week’s 'Be Remarkable, award winner.

At 89-years old, Walton has been doing God’s work for almost a century.

And that’s why he’s this week’s Daniel Stark and KWTX ‘Be Remarkable’ award winner.

‘Be Remarkable’ is a $500 reward for folks that make central Texas a better place to live- through actions that move others to serve the community.

Walton’s list of service includes fighting to save central Texans as a volunteer fireman and defending America as soldier.

“He was part of the Air Force over there – for the Korean War – not a lot of conversation about that – we mostly have pictures that document that,” said his daughter Suanne Barrett, who nominated him for the award.

He survived war and cancer, beating the disease 25 years ago.

Walton used his suffering and eventual story of survival to serve others to, donating his time with Waco Police.

“Victim services calls him when there was life events that somebody was in a really bad situation and that’s just where he excels,” said Suanne.

Although he’s retired now – his long legacy of selfless action will live on forever.

“Well he is always doing things for other people so I think it’s nice that somebody is doing something for him,” noted his wife Jane.

Do you know a remarkable person who fits this honor? A selfless member of our community who dedicates their time and energy to help others? Click here to nominate them for “Be Remarkable”

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