Run for the fallen
By Blake Belden, Staff Writer
May 6, 2014, 12:05
BLAKE BELDEN/HOPEWELL NEWS/NEWS-PATRIOT Banners are held up to honor fallen warriors during the Run for the Fallen at Fort Lee on Saturday.
FORT LEE — Friends and family stood tall along the side of the track at Williams Stadium, as flags blew in the breeze above bleachers packed with onlookers, in support of their loved ones who gave their lives while serving in the military.
Thousands participated in Fort Lee’s fourth annual Run for the Fallen on Saturday morning, a growing celebration to honor those soldiers who died in the name of their country as well as the families who continue on in their absence.
With the Virginia Patriot Guard leading the way on motorcycles, white banners with the names and images of each fallen individual were carried around the track before the run began.
More than 5,000 soldiers, relatives and local citizens showed up to the event, where each participant was given the option of running a one or five mile route.
Guest speaker Andrew Coughlan told of his experience as a survivor of the “Triangle of Death,” a war-torn region of Iraq just south of Baghdad during the United States’s occupation of the country.
The event, rescheduled from October following the government shutdown, was organized by the Army Community Service Survivor Outreach Services.