Each day, we will randomly highlight one service member’s life, and include links and stories. We choose to never forget, and this is our way, before the run, to remember our fallen service members.


Kyle W. Burns was a die-hard sports fan. “He was one of the kids that went out there when it was 40 below zero and painted the letters on his chest,” said his father, Robert Burns. The Marine’s mother, Jocelyn, called her son “a good ol’ boy.” Burns, 20, of Laramie, Wyo., died Nov. 11 in a hostile attack in Anbar province. He was based at Camp Pendleton, Calif. Burns loved hockey, played soccer and baseball in high school and was a big supporter of the football team. His father started taking him fishing while he was still in diapers.

Friends described him as a fun-loving practical joker. “He was a child who would push the envelope all the time,” said Andy Mitich, a longtime friend of the Burns family. “If you made a mark and said, ‘Don’t cross this line,’ he would have one foot on the left side and one foot on the right side.” Burns favorite joke was: “Why was six afraid of seven? Because seven ate nine.” After graduating from high school in 2002, he joined the Marines despite protests from his mother. “He just said, ‘Mom, it’s what I want to do. It’s what I’ve got to do,” said his uncle, George Elsom.

Information for this story was acquired from In Remembrance.

We will run for Kyle on July 4, 2008 outside Pagosa Springs, Colorado.

Additional links where you may learn more about Kyle.
Faces of the Fallen