1-14th Inf. places boots on the ground for 8K run

| September 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

 

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, participate in the 2nd annual 8K Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll 2013, Saturday, in honor of service members who have lost their lives during contingency operations. (Photos by Spc. Antonio Huerta, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division)

Soldiers with 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, participate in the 2nd annual 8K Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll 2013, Saturday, in honor of service members who have lost their lives during contingency operations. (Photos by Spc. Antonio Huerta, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division)

1st Lt. Timothy McCracken
1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment
2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team
25th Infantry Division

FORD ISLAND — Soldiers from 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, participated in the 2nd Annual 8K Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk, or Roll, here, near Pearl Harbor.

The race both began and finished at the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Combat boots attached with service members’ photos were displayed along the entire length of the race, honoring each service member lost during contingency operations.

Pvt. 1st Class Brandon Stone, Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, sets up boots along the run route prior to the 2nd annual 8K Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll 2013,  Saturday. Each boot represented a fallen Soldier who has been lost during contingency operations.

Pvt. 1st Class Brandon Stone, Company B, 1st Battalion, 14th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, sets up boots along the run route prior to the 2nd annual 8K Hero & Remembrance Run, Walk or Roll 2013, Saturday. Each boot represented a fallen Soldier who has been lost during contingency operations.

The 1st Bn., 14th Inf. Regt., helped prepare more than 300 boots before transporting them to Ford Island and assisting with setting up the boots along the race route the night prior. After helping complete the setup, Sgt. Allen McKinney, a squad leader in Company C, 1-14th Inf. Regt., reflected on the reason for the event.

“It’s great that the civilian community can honor Soldiers that have fallen brothers,” McKinney said. “I had five alone from my company from my first deployment. I took time out of my days to go up to Tripler where I donated my own pair of boots, and doctored them up with stuff from my old battalion, just to show people back at my old duty station that we haven’t forgot about them. It’s crazy to see the numbers that we lost, and to actually see a boot that represents every person lost was very humbling.”

Prior to the race, 1-14th Inf. Regt. linked up with Gold Star families to help set up the tents where they displayed their hand crafted American Flag Quilt.

“This quilt represents a little piece of healing,” said Lis Olsen of Survivor Outreach Services, with Army Community Service, Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii. “It has the photos of those service members who are on our walls. We’ve asked the families to write a love story or contribute to the quilt in honor of their fallen service member.”

Once the race started, 1-14th Inf. Regt. walked and ran with their “buddies” from the Gold Star families. Buddies ranged from 6 to 16 years old and had photos of their fallen service members somewhere on their clothes.

“It’s always great to volunteer with them to help out and reach out to families that have lost family members,” said McKinney. “You never want to see yourself in that situation, so you always want to do what you would want them to do for your family.

“Being there for the kids, playing with them, but also helping out with the tents and the flag quilt they made with each personal message from the family members of those fallen Soldiers was incredibly touching,” McKinney added.

The 1-14th Inf. Regt. volunteers participate with similar events across the island, though this event was the first with the Tripler-based Fisher House. This event was the regiment’s third with Gold Star families.

(Editor’s note: McCracken is the unit public affairs representative at 1-14th Inf. Regt.)

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