Story and photos by
Spc. Tiffany Dusterhoft
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs
FORD ISLAND — The Tripler Army Medical Center Fisher House held its inaugural “Boots on the Bridge, Remembering the Fallen” memorial run, here, Saturday.
Units, service members, families and friends came out in large numbers to both participate and line the run route in a remembrance of those who lost their lives in service to the nation.
More than 6,000 boots lined Ford Island and Ford Island Bridge. Photos of fallen service members sat atop each boot.
“What we wanted to do is raise awareness about what Fisher House does for our wounded families, ill and injured,” said Theresa Johnson, manager, Tripler Fisher House.
“We thought we would take it to a higher level and honor our fallen Soldiers and service members and our Gold Star families who were left behind,” she said. “I just want to say thank you to everyone who came out and supported (this event). This has been an amazing event, and the support of all branches was great.”
“Boots on the Bridge” is a variation of the common military term “boots-on-the-ground,” meaning troops on deployment.
The route was lined with thousands of donated combat boots. Each boot and photo display commemorated a service member who has died since Sept. 11, 2001.
Motivational cadences of military units rang out over the waters of the Pacific as units ran across the bridge to and from Kamehameha Highway.
“I’m remembering those we’ve lost, those who can’t be out here to run today, and I feel like I’m running for them,” said Spc. Theresa Zapata, chaplain assistant, Headquarters Headquarters Company, 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division.
“I think the run went very well,” said 1st Lt. Nicholas Roth, executive officer, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Special Troops Battalion, 8th TSC. “We had a lot of participation from our unit, from family members and from Soldiers.
“It was just a great time,” Roth said. “We had a lot of motivation out there running, and Ford Island was a great place to do this. It is definitely emotional.
“It puts things in perspective, it humbles you, and it makes you want to honor those service members who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” Roth added.
TAMC’s two Fisher House facilities offer an alternative place to stay for Soldiers and family members receiving treatment at TAMC. Learn more about the Fisher House Foundation at Triplerfisherhouse.com.
‘Boots on the Bridge’
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