Superior Telegram August 18th, 2011
Running for the fallen
This weekend, people throughout the nation will put their best foot forward to honor members of the military who can no longer walk beside them.
As part of the annual “Run for the Fallen,” everyone is encouraged to go out and run or walk one mile for a fallen service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan either Saturday or Sunday.
Bruce and Sue Vrooman of Superior will be walking for their son, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jeremy Vrooman, who was killed July 15, 2008, during Operation Iraqi Freedom.
The family will be in Sioux Falls, S.D. Saturday morning, and will walk with the family of another fallen soldier, Staff Sgt. Robb Rolfing.
“We’ll have a good time, and we will be remembering our fallen heroes,” said Sue Vrooman.
“Run for the Fallen” was launched in 2008. The goal of the movement is to have all 50 states participate. Last year’s event encompassed 8,300 participants in 45 states and two countries, running more than 49,000 miles combined.
The only organized event in Wisconsin listed on the group’s website takes place Sunday morning at Woods National Cemetery in Milwaukee. But families and individuals can trek a mile anywhere — on a city sidewalk, a forest trail or along a beach — to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice overseas.
Note from Judith: Their Son Brad has organized a “Run” in South Dakota…..his first…and he’s already gotten media coverage there for it.