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Gold Star Mississippi Canoe Journey

Vietnam veteran & author Jim Crigler begins a canoe journey of the Mississippi River, starting at Lake Itasca’s Headwaters, to raise awareness for Gold Star families.
This piece originally aired April 25, 2018 on Lakeland Public Television's Common Ground.

I don't really care what the sacrifice is because it's nothing compared to what our soldiers and Gold Star families have been through.

A young pilot in his helicopter, looking out towards the camera.


Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: Vietnam Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Memorial

Learn more about Jim and his project at

Story Themes: Gold Star Family, Jim Crigler, Lake Itasca, Lakeland Public Television, Mission of Honor, Religion, Watch

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