Augusta, Ga. (WJBF)- After ten days of running in remembrance of fallen heroes, the 12th annual marine corps “tribute to the fallen run” has come to an end.
Military men and women started running on Friday, October 14th–running 24 hours a day.
The 12th annual run is a tribute to honor the more than 15 hundred Marines and Navy personnel who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The tribute concluded when the last runner handed the 21 rounds of ammunition were handed to firing detail, and the gun salute was rendered.
James Meek who created the event 12 years ago says the closing ceremony is always an emotional time.
“It’s a somber event that we’re out here memorializing William and thousands of others but it’s also a celebration of things that we’re fulfilling an obligation we made. When we raised our right hand and stepped on a shell of footprints in Paris Island or San Diego that those are my brothers and sisters and it does my heart good to know that we’re still upholding those values and beliefs.”
Each runner completed a three mile lap that symbolized three marines that lost their lives after the final lap they hung id tags on a cross near a memorial in their honor.