FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - A man walking cross country to honor victims of 9/11 and fallen troops is making his voyage home.
Armand Young of California the 9/11 Pole journey three years ago. He walked to Ground Zero in New York, stopping along the way to encourage people to be kind to one another.
Young has people sign the pole in exchange for a promise of a random act of kindness within 24 hours of the signature. Young has walked more than 7,200 miles, winding through big cities and small towns. He collected more than 554,000 signatures, including some 500 celebrities, claiming the 9/11 Pole to be the most signed object in the world.
"It's the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, but it's the best thing I've ever done in my life," Young says. "Every step I take is for a soldier that can't take a step. Every mile I walk is to honor somebody that died in 9/11, or a fallen soldier."
Young's personal acts of kindness revolve around ending homelessness. He says he has helped families in need find places to live; and even helped arraigned to pitch in on the monthly rent.
He hopes is quest not only memorializes those who died in the September 11 terrorist attacks, but promotes peace for younger generations.
"It seems like the kids pick it up the most when I say, will you do an act of kindness for somebody. They start scrambling to figure out what they can do."
Young was staying at a New Haven-Adams Township fire station Wednesday, and plans to walk through Fort Wayne on Thursday morning.
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