Wear Blue: Run to Remember honors fallen service members

CARLISLE, Pa. (WHTM) – It’s a way for civilians, active-duty military, and veterans to bond and remember our fallen heroes. Several dozen people hit the pavement Saturday for the “Wear Blue: Run to Remember” Carlisle meet-up.

“We get together and in a circle of remembrance and read the names of fallen service members,” said U.S. Army Sgt. Loretta Witkowski, who coordinates the event.

The group of people remembered friends, colleagues, and strangers never coming home. They then ran or walked two miles at the Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.

“All of us in blue running with the flag kind of serves as a reminder to the community that there are lots of folks in your neighborhood that paid the ultimate sacrifice, and don’t forget them,” U.S. Army Col. Christine Stark said.

“I run for Staff Sgt. John Linde. I served with him in Fort Carson in the mid ’90s, and in 2007, he was killed in Iraq,” Witkowski said.

Witkowski learned Linde had passed away on Facebook. His son was only two years old at the time.

Haley Stark and her German Shepherd Rugar walked to honor the fallen.

“We come out here to remember all of the fallen troops. My husband is a former Army combat engineer. He has Purple Hearts,” Haley Stark said. “I drag him out here with me because he likes to support his dad.”

The Carlisle meet-up happens the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. For more information on it, click here.


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