This morning people all over the country ran a mile in honor of each fallen soldier from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Run for the Fallen is " a collective of runners whose mission is clear and simple: To run one mile for every American service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom...We refuse any political affiliation or agenda, but simply honor those who have fought, and those who have fallen under the American flag." They ran, across the country, a mile for every soldier, sailor, airman and marine killed. Today they ended their run in Arlington National Cemetery, and on this day they asked people all over the country to join them.
A small group of New Mexican runners gathered at USS Bullhead Park to run in honor of the 35 fallen New Mexicans. We each pinned on a named bib, stuck a flag in our hat, and ran half mile laps on the grass in the New Mexico morning sun. We were grateful to be alive, and honored to run in memory of those who lost their lives so far from home.