FORT STEWART (WTOC) - Soldiers and family members gathered on Saturday at Cottrell Field on Fort Stewart for a 5K run honoring fallen soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Divison.
They came from near and far, young and old. Soldiers, veterans, retirees and their families remembering those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom with the first ever Fort Stewart Remembrance Run.
Around 200 people participated in the run. The route was lined with 468 markers, each one representing a soldier of the 3rd Infantry Division and its attached units who lost their life during Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.
Upon completion of the run, Gold Star Family members along with runners and others placed those markers at the base of all 468 Crape Myrtle trees at Warriors Walk honoring the fallen heroes.
"It's a tremendous honor, it really is, just an opportunity to plan an event that gets to honor these soldiers and families, I'm speechless," said event organizer Lt. Sean Moore of the 3rd ID Warrior Transition Battalion.
"It was the most emotional race I've ever run for sure, looking at those pictures every step of the way," said Lori Jenkins, a participant.
A Gold Star Family mother who lost her son during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2007 says that events like this are important to her grandchildren and reinforces the sacrifice that their father made for our country.
Event organizers plan on continuing the event and hope that it grows.