wear blue Runs for the Fallen
This Memorial Day, we are asking members of our worldwide community to hit the streets and run in honor of the fallen. A long run, or short walk, the distance doesn't matter. But we are asking members to go online and pledge miles in honor of the Fallen so that together we can create a community dedicated to honoring the ultimate sacrifice.
While Americans may pause to reflect, for many, Memorial Day represents a long weekend typically filled with backyard celebrations and sunshine. For members of wear blue: run to remember, it is a day to remember each life sacrificed in a positive, life-affirming way.
|Photo by Zach Wingfield - Amica Seattle Marathon|
It is not about pledging money, it's about pledging miles so that together we can create a living memorial. How many miles should you run? What number is meaningful to you?
3 miles for the 3 years you have been deployed?
5 miles for the 5 branches of the American Military?
9 miles for the 9 times you moved while in the military?
11 miles for the 11 years since September 11, 2001?
|LT Kim XO, Me and CPT Hallett Commander A Co 1-17th, NTC 2009|
Wear Blue was started by Lisa Hallett after the death of her husband CPT John Hallett (I was his First Sergeant in A Company 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry) John died during our deployment to Afghanistan in 2009. This is a phenomenal organization and something great to be a part of. My fiancée Cynthia (http://rundreamlaugh.blogspot.com/) is an avid supporter and has participated in several projects with them. She will be running the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon with them this year.
|Me running the XTC Boise foothills 12k 2011|
|Cytnhia running the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon with |
the wear blue: run to remember group.
"6,444 American Service Members have given their lives in the Global War on Terror. This Memorial Day, pledge to run or walk at least 1 mile in honor of our Soldiers. Please follow the link below to pledge your miles and share this on your Facebook status so others can pledge their miles too. " from wear blue website.
So pledge your miles and post on either my Facebook page or on my Blog as a comment. Cynthia has pledge 27 miles and here are the names we are running for;
Iraq (Mosul 2004-2005) 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment
CPT William Jacobsen, JR. 21 Dec, 2004
SSG Robert Johnson 21 Dec 2004
SPC Lionel Ayro Dec 21, 2004
SPC Clint Gertson Feb 19,2005
1SG Michael Bordelon May 10, 2005
SGT Robert Ayres III Sept 29, 2007
Afghanistan (2009-2010) 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry
SGT Tom Troy 18 Aug 2009
CPT John Hallett 25 Aug 2009
SPC Dennis Williams 25 Aug 2009
SPC Kevin Graham 26 Sep 2009
SPC Kyle Coumas 21 Oct 2009
So get off your butt and hit the street with your unit PT shirt on, you will feel beter when you open that beer later......