A Newton Falls man who has walked from Cincinnati to Newton Falls will leave this spring on a special walk in honor of the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Arthur W. Dunn, 74, plans to walk from Newton Falls to Shanksville, Pa., then to the Pentagon to honor those who lost their lives in the attacks.
The side of the cart Dunn will see as he’s walking offers some encouragement.
''I am doing this walk in memory and honor of all the people who perished on Sept. 11,'' he said.
Dunn, who retired after 37 years with WCI Steel, said he has jogged more than 30,000 miles in the past three decades.
''I'm a very familiar face around here because so many people see me jogging,'' he said.
While Dunn has always been active, it wasn't until after the death of wife, Doris, in October 2008 from pancreatic cancer that he told his sons Bryan and Troy that he needed to get away from the area and clear his mind.
''We were high school sweethearts, and after I served in the Marine Corps we got married. We were married for over 49 years,'' Dunn said.
He said when his sons asked him what he was going to do, he wasn't sure, but he got information on bike routes in Ohio.
''I thought of walking and decided to take a bus to Cincinnati and walk home. I had never done a long walk before,'' Dunn said.
The 335-mile walk took him 22 days in April and May, which included 17 days of rain.
Dunn, who at the time of the walk was 71 and had all his items in a backpack, said most of the walk was on the trails, although some of the trek was on railroad beds and county routes.
At the time, Dunn's grandson, Kevin, was in the fourth grade and his class at Newton Falls Elementary School tracked his progress on a map.
''I talked to the class when I came home. It looks like the new fourth graders are going to track me this year,'' Dunn said.
The walk in April will begin with a five-week hike to Shanksville, where United Flight 93 crashed, and then to Washington, D.C., and the Pentagon, for a total of about 500 miles. He plans to return home by bus.
''After my first walk, I said I would never do another long walk. I believe the Lord wants me to do this walk,'' Dunn said.
He said he will walk along the highway from Newton Falls to the Greater Pittsburgh Airport, where he plans to follow the Montour Bike Trail to McKeesport, Pa., and then to Cumberland, Md.
''Once I get to Pittsburgh, I won't have to be concerned about traffic. My first five days I have to be very alert to traffic,'' Dunn said.
Dunn said he plans to take with him a tent, water, food, maps, toilet paper, sunscreen, Mace and other items. He will transport them in a red, white and blue cart he made from a baby stroller that he found last summer at the Salvation Army.
''This is a much longer walk. I learned a lot from the first walk, which will help me on this walk,'' Dunn said.
On the top of the cart is emblazoned the phrase: ''The Lord is My Shepherd.''
He plans to take a book with him to read and headphones to listen to the New Testament.
He also plans to put together a presentation about his latest journey.
Dunn published a book ''Footprints from Cincinnati Home'' about his first walk. The book took him 17 months to write and was published in 2011 by Pig Iron Press.
When not walking, Dunn has volunteered the past two years with Hospice of the Valley as a companion volunteer to assist those who are terminally ill.
''I will go and sit with them so their spouse or family member can go to the store or run errands,'' he said.