One way we can immerse ourselves on Memorial Day and show support for our locally stationed military families is participating in Wear Blue: Run To Remember.
The Memorial Day event in DuPont is a 5k course you can run or walk, or even choose a shorter route. Families are welcome. There’s no cost to participate, but you can can help financially support the movement with a purchase of hats, visors, or shirts sold at the event. Suggest you come at early at 8 am to register.
Background: Wear Blue: Run To Remember was founded following the redeployment of 5-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, a unit that, while deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, sustained a significant amount of combat losses and casualties. During that deployment, a small group of 5-2 wives and battalion support staff met weekly to run, seeking to create a support network for one another during this challenging and heartbreaking deployment. When the brigade returned to Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM), two of those Army wives and avid runners, Lisa Hallett and Erin O’Connor, turned this small group into a nationwide vision that now helps thousands heal from and work through the more challenging aspects of military life during a time of war. Lisa’s husband, CPT John Hallett, was one of four soldiers killed in that unit on August 25, 2009, while returning from a goodwill mission in Southern Afghanistan.
Today, this group runs to honor all military members killed in combat and has evolved into a powerful network of active duty and retired service members, military families, Wounded Warriors, Gold Star families and community members.
Learn More: Wear Blue: Run To Remember
I’ll be there, too. However, the only “running” I plan to do is the sound.