Over the past few months I have been able to come into contact with some really great people who all have a common tie…they have have or had an affiliation with the military and served their country. All in various capacities and duties, but all had that common bond. Whether they were the widow of a fallen soldier, or an ex army ranger trying to figure out the next step in life after returning home, they all have a story to tell.
Its not just the recent exposure to these folks that has prompted me to take an action, as my father, brother in law, grandfather and friends have all served. I think the recent call to action was fueled by something more than just knowing and being aware that these individuals put it on the line, for me, for us, it is fueled by the realization that so many have have laid it all down and that should never be overlooked or forgotten.
Everyday I run, I will run for a fallen soldier. While I realize that “running” in their memory will not bring them back, it will not heal their families or friend’s pain and loss and it will not change the course that the universe is on…I understand that. But thinking about them for a few miles a day is the least I can do. If thinking about them, their children, their parents, then maybe I can appreciate things a little more on my end. And while I brought up myself, this isn’t for me, this is for them. This is one way of keeping their memory alive.
The first run I did in remembrance was hard, and its still hard. Sometimes I cry. It will never get easier. And it shouldn’t.
So, Today I Ran For Them.
John W Marcum, Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL), 12 September 2008
Captain Joshua S. Meadows, 05 September 2009
Nicolas D. Checque, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) 8 December 2012
Charles Keating IV, Chief Special Warfare Operator (SEAL), 16 May 2016
Matthew J Leathers, Special Warfare Operator 1st Class (SEAL) 19 February 2013