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As written from the Article above, by Dustin Barnes * dbarnes2@jackson.gannett.com
Coinciding with a national campaign, a Run For The Fallen event has been planned for Saturday morning at Brandon High School.

“Since 2008 Americans have been organizing runs on behalf of fallen soldiers. Mississippi is now included in the states that organize the runs,” read a release on the state’s Run For The Fallen website.

Organizer Kim McCoy said the tragic news of two of Rankin County’s finest who died in Afghanistan last spring weighed heavy on her heart, pushing her and family members to join the national campaign and bring it to Mississippi.

U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Jason Rogers, 28, of Brandon, and U.S. Army Sgt. David Dwayne Self, 29, of Pearl, both were killed.

McCoy said she wanted to not only honor the U.S. service members who paid the ultimate price to defend the country, but also honor the families of the brave men and women.

At the time the news of Rogers’ death came to the area, McCoy and her family were preparing for her son’s departure to the Helmstad province in Afghanistan to serve in the war.

As a mother, McCoy said she couldn’t imagine the grief parents across the country and state have had to deal with when faced with the worst news a parent could ever hear.

So McCoy and her crew decided to do something to commemorate the service members and families.

“I’ve only known about Run For The Fallen for about four weeks,” she said. “We’re throwing it together now, but hope to build on it next year.”

Brandon High School officials welcomed the Saturday event, and McCoy said she’s been receiving great support from the community.

At the event, which is free to the public, any funds generated from T-shirt sales or other items will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project, McCoy said.

Although called a run, participants can walk the course, McCoy said.

“We’re hoping to get an accumulation of how many miles are walked,” she said. The national campaign tallies the total, with a goal of one mile walked or run for each of the country’s fallen heroes.

“The purpose of the race is to make sure our fallen are never forgotten,” McCoy said.