Today began on the Potomac River outside the Day’s Inn. Before the start, we were met by Chris Simpson’s mother, Kate. The posters she and her fiance brought with pictures of Chris were absolutely amazing. The memory card Kate brought with her reads,
“I’d like the memory of me to be a happy one,
I’d like to leave an afterglow of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways,
of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun.
Of happy memories that I leave when life is done.”
Chris was 23 when he was killed.
We also ran through Fredericksburg, VA. A local runner, Stephanie, met up with Taylor, Nick, and I as we ran past George Washington’s childhood home.
Stephanie brought her two kids, and we (Steph, I, and her two children) ran one mile, dedicated to Travis Griffin, complete with stroller.
Tomorrow is our last day of this journey before Arlington. It has been truly wonderful out here and we are having trouble expressing the weight and power of our experience. Very simply, thank you.