CLINTON, NY - The sixth annual Run for the Fallen started bright and early Friday morning from the Veterans and 9/11 Memorial at the NY State Fairgrounds in Syracuse. The run is a way to pay tribute to the men and women who have died as a result of serving during the War on Terror.
A team of more than 35 veterans and active duty service members from bases throughout New York are taking part in the 3-day event.
The first leg concluded with a ceremony at Clinton High School's September 11th memorial.
During the ceremony, volunteers read aloud the names of all the victims of the September 11th attacks and those from our area who lost their lives fighting the war on terror. Pinwheels and U.S. flags were placed on the grounds in front of the school by students to represent those victims.
Retired U.S. Colonel Kevin Hicks, who participated in the run, said we must never forget those who sacrificed their lives or the families they left behind.
“Having served for 29 years I lost both friends, and I lost comrades. This is just a way to do a small part to reach out to the widows and mothers that I know and still keep in touch with to let them know that there are still organizations out there, as well as fellow service members and civilians who are very concerned about the loss of their son or daughter. We're doing all we can to make sure their sons or daughters are always honored and remembered."
The Run for the Fallen will conclude its over 150-mile journey at the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument in Albany on Sunday.