Memorial Day always pulls at my heart strings. I tend to tear up during the town parade and yesterday was no exception. I am fortunate to have a happy, healthy family but not everyone is so lucky. It just breaks my heart to think about all the young men and women who risk and sacrifice their lives for the sake of our freedom.
I could never express the gratitude I feel for these heroes, but I did find a small way to show my appreciation. Yesterday, I ran 10 miles in the morning wearing a bright blue shirt, and I dedicated those miles to Army Spc. Carlos J. Negron, a fallen soldier. I was one of thousands of runners who decided to run yesterday with intention and meaning in honor of someone who has died in service.
Wear blue: run to remember is a running community seeking to honor the service and sacrifice of the American Military. Wear blue is looking to grow their community to serve as a living memorial. What an amazing idea and extraordinary way to pay tribute to our service members!
I can still recall the strong emotion I felt as I was climbing the hill at Mile 6 of the D.C. Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon this past March. There were numerous wear blue members with flags and there were posters of fallen soldiers bordering the course. At that moment, I knew I would make it to the top of that hill and finish the race despite the rain and cold temperature. I was reminded how lucky I am and I was thankful. Wear blue’s actions are small, but so powerful.
For more information on how you can participate, please visit: http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org
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