I hadn't thought much about doing it this year, since I'm not running, but Ilham got in touch and encouraged me to walk with her good friend Gina since Gina was planning to walk it. Of course!
It was an amazing start to Memorial Day. We had 200-300 participants, I'm guessing -- families, veterans, runners and walkers of all shapes and sizes. All running (or walking) to honor a fallen service member. After a ceremony where those names were read, we were off around Lake Mercer and Burke Lake.
|Just a sampling of the crowd that I could fit into my pic.|
|Melanie A., Gina, Ilham, and me|
I can't believe I almost missed it. Even more importantly, I would have also missed the opportunity to honor Specialist Sarina Butcher, of Checotah, Oklahoma, killed in action on November 1, 2011. She was 19 and had plans to go to nursing school after her tour of duty.