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Run for the Fallen passes through county

PULASKI COUNTY — Participants in the “Run for the Fallen,” a cross-country event to honor American service members who lost their lives while serving in Iraq, passed through Pulaski County yesterday morning.
The Run for the Fallen began on June 14 at Fort Irvine, Calif., and will end on Aug. 24 at Arlington National Cemetery. The runners will cover more than 4,000 miles and cross through 13 states during their journey, running one mile for every soldier killed in Iraq.
Around 10 a.m. yesterday, which was day 59 of the event, two participants in the run, John McKay of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Rick Munschauer of Buffalo, N.Y., were spotted on Bob White Boulevard in Pulaski. McKay was running at a moderate, steady pace while Munschauer followed him in a U-Haul bearing a sign which read “Run for the Fallen.”
For each mile the two traveled, Munschauer would stop at the nearest road sign or post and place a personalized card created in memory of a fallen soldier, along with a small American flag. Now that the two have passed through, those flags may be seen on posts beside the Wilco/Hess service station, the old WPSK building, directly across from the entrance to James Hardie in Pulaski, and in other locations throughout Dublin.
While Munschauer placed a flag and card on the post on Bob White Boulevard, he waited for McKay to catch up and explained that he had been participating in the run for the past two weeks in the spare time he had between finishing up his summer job and heading back to start a new semester at Hamilton College in New York. He noted that McKay had been trying to run throughout the entire event.
The run is being directed by Jon Bellona, whose roommate at Hamilton College, Lt. Michael J. Cleary, was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.
“The run is a symbolic memorial,” Bellona said in a press release about the event. “While each flag will represent a soldier who has fallen, the run will stand as one large stitch, spanning the width of the nation, coast to coast.”
After making their way through Pulaski and Dublin, McKay and Munschauer, who began their journey early yesterday morning in Wytheville, would eventually meet up with the other run participants (a core group of about five people) in Christiansburg.
While there, participants ran a mile in honor of Sgt. Kenneth B. Gibson of Christiansburg, who was killed Sunday in Iraq by an improvised explosive device (IED).
Along with honoring fallen soldiers, the Run for the Fallen has also focused on supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, the Yellow Ribbon Fund, 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund and HUGSS (Helping Unite Gold Star Survivors).

For more information, visit www.runforthefallen.org.

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Run for the Fallen passes through county

PULASKI COUNTY — Participants in the “Run for the Fallen,” a cross-country event to honor American service members who lost their lives while serving in Iraq, passed through Pulaski County yesterday morning.
The Run for the Fallen began on June 14 at Fort Irvine, Calif., and will end on Aug. 24 at Arlington National Cemetery. The runners will cover more than 4,000 miles and cross through 13 states during their journey, running one mile for every soldier killed in Iraq.
Around 10 a.m. yesterday, which was day 59 of the event, two participants in the run, John McKay of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Rick Munschauer of Buffalo, N.Y., were spotted on Bob White Boulevard in Pulaski. McKay was running at a moderate, steady pace while Munschauer followed him in a U-Haul bearing a sign which read “Run for the Fallen.”
For each mile the two traveled, Munschauer would stop at the nearest road sign or post and place a personalized card created in memory of a fallen soldier, along with a small American flag. Now that the two have passed through, those flags may be seen on posts beside the Wilco/Hess service station, the old WPSK building, directly across from the entrance to James Hardie in Pulaski, and in other locations throughout Dublin.
While Munschauer placed a flag and card on the post on Bob White Boulevard, he waited for McKay to catch up and explained that he had been participating in the run for the past two weeks in the spare time he had between finishing up his summer job and heading back to start a new semester at Hamilton College in New York. He noted that McKay had been trying to run throughout the entire event.
The run is being directed by Jon Bellona, whose roommate at Hamilton College, Lt. Michael J. Cleary, was killed in action in Iraq in 2005.
“The run is a symbolic memorial,” Bellona said in a press release about the event. “While each flag will represent a soldier who has fallen, the run will stand as one large stitch, spanning the width of the nation, coast to coast.”
After making their way through Pulaski and Dublin, McKay and Munschauer, who began their journey early yesterday morning in Wytheville, would eventually meet up with the other run participants (a core group of about five people) in Christiansburg.
While there, participants ran a mile in honor of Sgt. Kenneth B. Gibson of Christiansburg, who was killed Sunday in Iraq by an improvised explosive device (IED).
Along with honoring fallen soldiers, the Run for the Fallen has also focused on supporting the Wounded Warrior Project, the Yellow Ribbon Fund, 1st Lt. Michael J. Cleary Memorial Fund and HUGSS (Helping Unite Gold Star Survivors).

For more information, visit www.runforthefallen.org.

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