Newburyport to celebrate resident's cross-country walk for veterans

Courtesy photoWilliam Shuttleworth, 71, of Newburyport finished his walk across the country this week to raise money and awareness for veterans. 

NEWBURYPORT — William Shuttleworth, a 71-year-old local resident who just finished a cross-country walk in support of the nation’s veterans, will be welcomed home with a ceremony Thursday morning at City Hall.

The event begins at 10 a.m. outside City Hall or inside the building if it rains.

Shuttleworth, a Market Street resident and Air Force veteran, left Newburyport on May 15 with a 25-pound backpack and two trekking poles, kicking off a 3,000-mile walk to San Diego, California, to raise public awareness about the health care, housing and financial issues facing men and women who served in the U.S. military.

The walk, which he dubbed Vets Don’t Forget Vets, received national media attention and wrapped up Sunday. At last count, Shuttleworth had raised more than $58,000 for the cause. 

Shuttleworth arrived home at 1 a.m. on Tuesday – and seven hours later was back volunteering at City Hall.

That same afternoon, he was also back on his feet, taking one of his regular lengthy walks around Newburyport as he considered the next phase of his work to help the country’s veterans.

“I feel grateful that I had the health to do this, grateful for all the support I had,” Shuttleworth said Tuesday. “I’m eyeing the next step — I’m not over it.”

For more information on Shuttleworth’s trip, visit https://vetsdontforgetvets.com/.

To donate to his GoFundMe page, visit https://www.gofundme.com/vets-don039t-forget-vets/donate.

Staff writer Jack Shea covers Newbury­port City Hall. He can be reached via email at jshea@newburyportnews.com or by phone at 978-961-3154. Follow him on Twitter @iamjackshea.

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