Navy veteran Chris Ring, 28, is swimming the entire length of the Mississippi River, from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, as part of the 2015 Legacies Alive Challenge, Swim For Their Sacrifice effort.

Ring’s attempt to swim the length of the Mississippi River began June 6, the anniversary of D-Day, in Lake Itasca, in Minnesota. The six-month, 2,552-mile swim is expected to take Ring and his crew through St. Francisville on or about Saturday.

Ring typically swims 14 to 16 miles per day, except Sundays, averaging about 6 1/2 hours in the water.

The Legacies Alive nonprofit, which supports the families of fallen veterans, is sponsoring Ring during his journey.

Ring received an honorable discharge from the Navy after 10 years of service with deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. He and his wife wanted to keep the legacies of the nation’s fallen heroes alive and bring awareness to Gold Star Family members, according to the website

Once Ring completes the Swim For Their Sacrifice challenge in November, he’ll become the first American and second person to swim the entire length of the Mississippi River.

Ring and the Legacies Alive swim team will stop in St. Francisville and will need a place to stay overnight and a meal.

Any Gold Star Family member who would like to participate or connect with Ring should call Lauren Field, executive director of the St. Francisville Area Foundation, at (225) 978-9502 or email