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Teen fills really big shoes

These boots!: Walter Wolford proudly wears the boots of Pvt. Isaac Cortes, who was killed in action in Iraq, as part of the “Step Into Thier Boots” program, before retiring them.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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Medals to Walter Wolford for filling some really big shoes. The teen honored Private Isaac Cortes, who was killed in action in Iraq, by wearing combat boots for an entire year while performing community service. Our pal Walter participated in the “Step Into Their Boots” program, which was created by a member of the United War Veterans Council to ensure that the nation’s youth understand and appreciate what fallen military service members have done for this nation through their own community service.

At a ceremony on Oct. 10 Walter, Ft. Hamilton Commander Col. Eluyn Gines, program founder Jessica Bryan, and Cortes’s mom Emily Toro officially retired Cortes’s boots.

Walter will carry on Cortes’s legacy when he steps into his own boots as a United States Marine.

Walter told Standing O “I promise to carry on Isaac’s legacy every day and will spread his story and ensure people have respect and are grateful for the sacrifices our service members make to keep us safe. I have honored Isaac for more than a year and continued the steps he could no longer take.”

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