Well it was quite a day in our little corner of north west Okieland, with a couple of events taking place. The first was the 'Run for the Fallen' coming through our area, this is what it says at their website about this wonderful tribute to our fallen heroes:
ONE MILE FOR EVERY SERVICE MEMBER KILLED
IN OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.
Beginning Flag Day, June 14, 2008, a dedicated team of runners will run across America from Fort Irwin, CA to Arlington National Cemetery, one mile for every Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, and Marine killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. For ten weeks, team members will mark each mile with an American flag and signcard in an apolitical reflection of remembrance of each service member.
We were lucky enough to meet the founder and director Jon Bellona on the side of Highway 15. He started the run to honour his bestfriend who was killed in service out there. We shook his hand, had a chat as he was rather surprised to be accosted by two British women out here and then he posed for the picture, which also includes our local friendly Highway Patrol man, James.
Jon had been stopping every mile to place a little American Flag with a fallen soldiers name on it at the side of the road in tribute, and then also running in the overpowering heat. You can read all about their run here, see if they are coming to your area and also find the list of soldiers they run for on each individual day.
It was an honour to meet Jon and it's a wonderful tribute.