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Danny Garcia

Danny Garcia has walked for children and world peace on five continents for more than 20 years.  He took his first steps in 1996 toward a personal commitment to peace and continued walking globally, completing more than 26,000 miles to date (more than the circumference of the earth) and creating walking history.  His lifelong pursuit of peace began as a child and continues today.

Danny Garcia was born in the Spanish Harlem community of New York City, on the 18th day of March, 1945.  His parents, also American born, were of Afro-Cuban ancestry.  Danny’s father was a highly respected percussionist who played with Xavier Cugat, Machito’s Orchestra, and many other well known musicians. His mother is now 90 years old and is a prayer warrior for Jesus.

During his early years, Danny lived in each of the five Burroughs of New York. At the age of 17, Danny joined the United States Marine Corps.  During his tour in the Marine Corps, he was a Communications Chief, Human Relations instructor, Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and a Career Counselor.  In 1968, Danny returned to civilian life and worked for the Shell Oil Company.  He trained under the leadership of Bud Roberts, art director and head of Public Relations.  Danny successfully worked at Shell Oil until 1972, when he reentered the Marine Corps and served until 1975. 

In 1973, while stationed in Nam Phuong, Thailand, Danny worked as the Command Counselor for Alcohol and Drug Abuse and the Instructor for the Human Relations Program.  Racial tensions during the Vietnam era were at the highest, and Danny’s job was to halt it.  He stopped use of drugs within the ranks and eliminated racial violence amongst marines.   Danny credits all of his success to Jesus Christ.

From 1975 to 1995, Danny Garcia served in several law enforcement capacities in San Diego, California: Correctional Officer, Metropolitan Correctional Center, Federal Prison; Lieutenant, Burns Security; and Site Commander, Salk Institute.  He has also served as the Drug and Alcohol Counselor at NEPSI Narcotics Treatment Program; Drug and Alcohol Counselor at the Methadone Clinic; and Peer Group Counselor at Patrick Henry High School.

From 1978 – 1996, Danny traveled throughout the world, presenting symbols of peace to dignitaries and world leaders on behalf of the Children of Our World Organization.  Presentations, either personally or through intermediaries include: UNICEF at the UN; Prime Minister Shamir in Israel; Pope John Paul II in Rome; Princess Anne in England; President of the Olympic Committee in Seoul, Korea; US Presidents Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter; Mother Theresa in San Diego, CA; Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Ralph Bunch in NYC; Stevie Wonder; Michael Jackson; Whitney Houston; Redd Fox; Dr. Jonas Salk; Jackie Kennedy Onasis; and Mohammed Ali.

On Dec 7, 1996, began a journey of faith, ministering the love of God by literally walking around the world.  Danny walked more than 3,500 on behalf of the Children of our World and World Peace.  He walked from San Francisco to Tiajuana, then from Alexandria, VA to the Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, in tribute to the innocent children who lost their lives in the bombing of that building, arriving at the one year anniversary of the tragic event.  The final leg of the trek was Miami, FL, to NYC, NY.  Dr. Deloise Blakeley, Acting Mayor of Harlem, joined Danny, whose arrival coincided with a walk to the UN from Harlem with children from 185 countries. 

In 1997, Danny walked from the Mexican/US border to Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, CA, for Super Bowl XXXII Sunday.  In his honor, the Mayor of San Diego proclaimed Jan 25, 1998 as Danny Garcia Day. 

In 1998, Danny attended a United Nations Peace Summit in NYC for the International day of Peace, in conjunction with the Season of Nonviolence.   Danny traveled to Europe where he continued to walk for children and world peace.  His walks took him to Egypt, as well as to countries in Europe, Asia, and Australia. 

The culmination of his four-year walk around the world ended in Sydney, Australia, in September of 2000 in conjunction with the opening of the Olympic Games.  Danny invited Bruce Stephen Foster to join him in Sydney at Planet Hollywood to perform the song he coauthored with Richie Sambora, called “One Night of Peace.” The event conveyed a plea for every nation on Earth to honor a 24-hour cease fire prior to the lighting of the Olympic torch so every child in the world could experience “One Night of Peace.”  This song inspired Danny to produce a day-long concert which promoted the UN’s International Day of Peace month-long Celebration.

On November 11, 2000, Danny traveled to Rome, Italy for the closing of the Holy Door at the Vatican in the Millennial Year of Jubilee. Later that month, on the 29th, Danny visited the Philippines for a walk organized jointly by the Red Cross, the National Press Club, and with the support of Philippines Dept. of Interior and its local government.  His walk started in Laoag, Llocos Norte and ended in December 2000 in Manila

In February 2001, Danny promoted the cause of Peace in Australia and in June walked from Jordan to Israel.  Upon his return to the USA after the terrorist attacks of September 11th, Danny visited Ground Zero, where the Twin towers once stood, and was deeply moved with compassion and anguish at the site.   On September 1st, 2003, Danny walked from the Ground Zero to Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, MD, arriving on September 10th. On the morning of September 11th, Danny continued his walk to the Pentagon, where he participated in the memorial ceremony in the chapel of the Pentagon.  This is the exact location where the plane hit the building.

During 2005, Danny lived in the Philippines where he continued walking for Children’s Rights and World Peace.

On September 12, 2005 Danny walked 180 miles from the Grafton Peace Pagoda in Albany, NY, to the UN, arriving for UN’s International Day of Peace on September 21, 2005

In November 2005, after the Hurricane Katrina leveled the city of New Orleans, Danny partnered with the New Orleans Mission to relieve the chaos and massive destruction.  The mission was severely damaged, lost most of its roof, which destroyed the mission’s contents and rendered the building uninhabitable.  Danny received support from Dare 2 Dream and students at TCI College in NYC, who sponsored Danny’s 33-day, 1200 mile walk to New Orleans. Danny raised awareness of the continuing struggles of the victims of Hurricane Katrina and their need for national support.  He raised $500,000 in cash and in-kind donations to rebuild the New Orleans Mission and put a roof over the heads of thousands of people who seek refuge at the mission annually.

Queen Noor of Jordon accepts a Jubillenium candle as a gift of peace

In January 2006, Danny shifted his focus and formed a non-profit organization, Global Walk Foundation, which sought to raise money for children’s charities, AIDS orphans, and water.  The aims and purposes of all Danny’s walks throughout the world are the same: to facilitate, promote, and support the needs of children and their families, which include engaging in humanitarian aid to victims of fire, poverty, flood, earthquake, or war.  He’s also created ways of using his walks for peace to financially benefit other causes that seek his support. 

In July 2007, Danny and his Global Walk team travelled to Africa and visited the countries of South Africa, Uganda, Ethiopia, and Southern Sudan.  Because of his humble desire to walk for peace in war torn Southern Sudan, his persistence and grace inspired the Government of Southern Sudan’s declaration of the International Day of Peace as a national holiday.  In 2009, Danny will continue to inspire world peace by activating awareness towards helping others at times of need, and by supporting human rights and teaching people how to communicate and respect diverse ethnic groups.  His next endeavor will be to restart the mileage ticker and begin another cross country walk , then chronicle his amazing walk of faith in an autobiography and through speaking engagements worldwide.  For more information, visit www.globalwalk.cc.

Highlights

  • Introduction:

    Intro Video "The Child" Video 911 Walk Video
  • A visit with the pope:

    Letter from the Vatican Photo of Danny and
    Pope John Paul II
  • A letter from President Bill Clinton

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  • A letter from President Ronald Reagan

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  • A letter from President Jimmy Carter

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  • A letter from King Hussein

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  • A letter from the Prince of Whales

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  • Chaplain Barry Black

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  • Michael Jackson

    Danny provided M.J.'s attorneys with a 14x48ft mural of "The Child" that Mario Torero painted with the support of Gannett Outdoor Advertising. This particular mural was part of Pope John Paul II's visit to L.A. and was placed at the border of Tia Juana and the entrance of the Holland Tunnel.

    Though this mural continued to travel throughout the world once it was returned, a smaller replica of The Child was provided to M.J.

    The day that M.J. died Danny walked from 125th St. in Harlem to Ground Zero.

  • Queen Noor

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  • Prince Albert II
    of Monaco

    Prince Albert II sent a signed book to Danny when he completed his walk along the French Riviera and throughout Monaco.

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    Prince Albert II - Photo by Monika Flueckiger
  • Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir

    In 1979 a reproduction of "The Child", by Mario Torero was presented to Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir as a symbol of peace and hope at his office in Israel.

  • Nelson Mandela

    Danny stopped in Cambria and presented president Nelson Mandela with a Jubilennium candle in conjunction with the UN celebration during his walk from Perth to Sydney, Australia, for the Olympics.

  • Oprah Winfrey

    While walking in Chicago, Danny stopped and presented his walking stick to one of Oprah's employees at her TV station. It was a gift for her as a symbol of love for all of those she has touched.

  • Richie Havens

    Richie Havens performed at Woodstock for more than 400,000 people. Danny was one of many who helped promote the concert in New York City. Several years later Danny presented Richie with a copy of the painting, "The Child", across the street from the UN.

  • Muhammad Ali

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    Danny presented Muhammad Ali with a large portrait at the Long Beach Convention Center. The painting titled, "The Arrangement", by Gabriel Acevedo pictured an Indian man dressed in his native clothing.

  • Mother Teresa

    Danny provided a reproduction of the painting "The Child" by Mario Torero to the Our Lady of Angels Catholic School in San Diego. The painting was presented to Mother Teresa as a gift.

  • Stevie Wonder

    Danny presented a reproduction of the painting, "The Child", by Mario Torero, to Stevie Wonder with his brother at his side in his dressing room at the San Diego sports arena Dec 8th, 1980, the day that John Lennon was killed.

  • David Yonggi Cho

    Danny presented a reproduction of the painting, "The Child", by Mario Torero.

  • Ralph Bunche

    Danny presented a gift to Ralph Bunche's foundation to honor his efforts for peace. Relph received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1950 for his mediation in Palestine in the 1940's.

  • Jonas Salk

    Danny worked on a security detail to protect Jonas and also presented him a gift to honor his work in developing the polio vaccine.

  • General Charles Krulak

    General Krulak served as Danny's commanding officer during his time in the Marine Corps.

    Meritorious Mast Letter from General Krulak
  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert

    While walking in Israel, Danny presented the Prime Minister with one of his walking sticks.

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LETTERS
NEWS CLIPS
Danny Presents a gift to Jackie Kennedy Onassis

PAST SUPPORTERS 
It is not possible to list and to thank each individual which has been important in this journey. It goes without saying that even an encouraging word or understanding is appreciated.

Of course, number one on the list is my Lord, Jesus Christ, who delivers me through every challenge.

Danny and his wife Jackie with Danny's Mom who is over 90 years old Danny's Father who played with Xavier Cugat, Machito’s Orchestra, and many other well known musicians.
Bruce Foster
Bruce Foster, Singer/Composer, Grammy Award Nominee

U.S. Marine Corps – USA and International
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve - USA
U.S. Air Force – San Diego, California
General Charles Krulak (Commandant) – U.S. Marine Corps, Washington, DC
U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot– San Diego, California
U.S. Marine Corps Camp Pendleton – Oceanside, California
U.S. Marine Corps - Quantico, Virginia
U.S. Marine Corps Air Facility – Arizona
U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Depot– Paris Island, South Carolina
U.S. Marine Corps – Great Lakes, Illinois
U.S. Army Reserve – Texas
Perth Modern School – Perth, Western Australia
National Press Club of Philippines – Manila, The Philippines
Holiday Inn 
Intercontinental Hotels 
Saville Park Suites 
National Association of Black Veterans – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Royal Marines – Glasgow, Scotland
Perth Modern School – Perth, Western Australia
Richie Sambora – Composer/Musician - New Jersey
U.S. Marines – Red Bank, New Jersey
Lucoral – New York City
Ryan Air Lines 
Red Cross International
Red Crescent 
KLM 
America Suites Hotel
Sheraton Hotels
British Royal Marines – London, England
Marriott Hotel 
Clark Air Force Base – Manila, The Philippines
Veterans’ Association of Los Angeles – California
County Board of Supervisors – San Diego, California; 
New York City and Bronx, New York
Cardinal Sin – Manila The Philippines / Fr. Robert Reyes
Best Western Inns 
Young Marines
Salvation Army
U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (6th Motor Transport) – New Jersey
U.S. Marine Corps League – New Jersey and Virginia
UNICEF Headquarters – New York

U.S. Embassies
– Canberra, Australia
– Athens, Greece
– Manila, The Philippines
– Amman, Jordan
– London, England
– Paris, France
– Brussels, Belgium
– The Hague. The Netherlands
– Rome, Italy
– Dublin, Ireland
– Budapest, Hungary
– Geneva, Switzerland

Presentations to Eminent Persons & Organizations:

EITHER PERSONAL OR INTERMEDIARY PRESENTATIONS FROM DANNY GARCIA HAVE BEEN MADE TO THE FOLLOWING

INDIVIDUALS:

His Holiness, Pope John Paul II
HRH Prince Charles, United Kingdom
Princess Anne, the Princess Royal, United Kingdom
Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
King Hussein of Jordan
Queen Noor of Jordan
HRH Prince Rainier of Monaco
HRH Prince Albert of Monaco
President of the United States, Jimmy Carter
President of the United States, Ronald Reagan
President of the United States, Bill Clinton
President of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev
Mr Nelson Mandela, President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Mr Itzhak Shamir, Prime Minister of Israel
Mr Gary, Prime Minister of Grenada
Mother Teresa, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Mr Ralph Bunch, Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Dr Jonas Salk, Scientist, Salk Institute, San Diego, California and Nobel Prize Winner
Mrs Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Major General William Nash, Commanding General, Task Force Eagle, Bosnia
General Charles Krulak, Commandant, US Marine Corps
Ms Diane Watson, US Ambassador to Micronesia
Ambassador Gambari, Nigeria and President, UN Security Council
Ambassador Pickering, US Ambassador to the United Nations
Ambassador Mashat, Housainne, Iraq
Sanford Alexander, Consul General of Grenada to Mexico
Sallybeth Bumbrey, US Consul General, Perth, Western Australia
Senator Margaret Reid, President of the Senate, Australian Federal Parliament
Congressman Wonpot of Guam
Senator Cleveland, US Senator, Atlanta, Georgia
Congressman Jim Bates, San Diego, California
Ben Shalom, President, United Nations Jubillenium Peace Organization
Director of UNICEF, Seoul, Korea
Roberto de Madrid, Governor, Baja, California
Lord Mayor, Belfast, Ireland
Dr Peter Nattrass, Lord Mayor of Perth, Western Australia
Mr Ehud Olmerat, Mayor of Jerusalem, Israel
Mayor Susan Golding, Mayor of San Diego, California
Katie Mair, Mayor of Melville, Western Australia
Councillor Sean Clarke, Omagh, Eire, for bombing victims
Bishop Chavez, Catholic Bishop, San Diego, California
Fr Robert Reyes, ‘The Running Priest’, Manila, The Philippines
Fr Vincent, Mission San Luis Rey, California
Fr Charles Waddell, Perth, Western Australia
Pastor Cho, Korea
President of the Olympic Committee, Seoul, Korea
Commissioner, US Border, San Diego, California
Benny Boret, Producer, Masada – Israel’s 40th Anniversary
Paul Simms, Commissioner, San Diego County Hospitals, San Diego, California
Ted Turner, CNN
Felipe Luciano, Producer, Latin Arts Exhibit, NBC
Veronica Kerr, US Consulate General, Perth, Western Australia
Geoffrey Newman, Micallef Perfumes, France
Jerry Stapp, Entrepreneur, San Diego, California
Johnny Lu, President, Lucoral, New York City
Mohamed Ali, Athlete
Whitney Houston, Entertainer
Stevie Wonder, Entertainer
Michael Jackson, Entertainer
Oprah Winfrey, TV Show Host
Mrs Patrick King, widow of serviceman killed in action, Long Branch, New Jersey
Alberto Socarras, Flautist
Antonio Paralta Perez, Poet
Jose Garcia, Musician (father)
Tito Puente, Musician
Red Foxx, Actor
Richie Haven, Singer
Mario Torero, Artist, San Diego
The Original Ninja Turtles

ORGANIZATIONS:

UNICEF
UN International Year of the Child Committee 1979, New York
Consular Corps from San Diego to United Nations
United States Embassy, London, England
United States Embassy, Rome, Italy
United States Embassy, Budapest, Hungary
United States Embassy, Brussels Belgium
United States Embassy, Geneva, Switzerland
United States Embassy, Dublin, Ireland 
United States Embassy, Canberra, Australia
United States Embassy, Amman, Jordan
United States Embassy, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
United States Embassy, Paris, France
U S Mayors at 59th Annual Mayors’ Conference, San Diego, California
Oceanside City Council, San Diego, California
Missing Children International, San Diego, California
Children of Somalia and Military Forces in Somalia
Curtin University College for Aboriginal Studies, Perth, Western Australia
Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, New York
Penasquitos Lutheran Church, San Diego, California
Saint Augustine Catholic School, San Diego, California
Center Susana School, Los Angeles, California
City of Oklahoma in aftermath of Oklahoma bombing
World Special Olympics, Oklahoma
Iraq Olympic Committee, Baghdad
Schneider Children’s Medical Centre, Israel
Laoag City, The Philippines
Planet Hollywood, Sydney, Australia
Planet Hollywood, Melbourne, Australia
Royal Marines, Glasgow, Scotland
Royal Dutch Marines, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Princess Diana Foundation, London
Save The Children Fund, Connecticut
UN World Peace Prayer Society, New York
National Press Club, Manila, The Philippines
National Red Cross, The Philippines
National Association of Black Veterans, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Handicapped Children of Ilan, Israel
Perth Modern School, Perth, Western Australia
Holiday Inns, USA and International
Intercontinental Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Saville Hotel, Sydney, Australia
Saville Hotel, Canberra, Australia
Saville Hotel, Melbourne, Australia
Saville Hotel, Perth, Australia
Albany Travel Inn, Western Australia
America Suites Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia
Action News Television, Budapest, Hungary
Young Living Essential Oils, Salt Lake City, Utah 
Amman – Dead Sea Ultra Marathon Organizers, Jordan
New York Yankees, New York
New York Mets, New York
USS Cole
Naval Weapons Station, Earle, New Jersey
London Records, Los Angeles, California
Police Department, New York City Port Authority, New York
Vietnam Veterans’ Healing Wall, Atlanta, Georgia