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.
Sgt. Michael T. Lilly, 23, of Boise, died Monday, April 7, 2008 while in Iraq. Michael was born May 31, 1984 in Boise, Idaho. As a small child Michael was joyful and kind hearted. He loved playing outside with his brothers Jeff and Brennen and his sister, Kristin. Being out in the sunshine and fresh air is what always pleased him most, especially when he could fashion a ramp with his neighborhood friends and older brother and ride his bicycle over it as fast as he could. The family cabin at Warm Lake was his favorite place to go with his father, John, mother, Vicky and his siblings. He spent hours upon hours hiking and exploring. Spurred by the attacks of Sept. 11 2001, Michael enlisted during the summer of 2002 and attended Basic Training and Infantry Training at Fort Benning, Ga. Michael was killed in Sadr City on April 7, 2008, when enemy forces attacked using a rocket propelled grenade.
Information for this story was acquired from Idaho Statesman.
We will run for Michael on August 21, 2008 outside Stafford, Virginia.
Additional links where you may learn more about Michael.