(ELK HORN) The annual Run for the Fallen in Elk Horn will be held September 15th.
Teresa Smitherman Jarvis says in 2008, the first National Run for the Fallen began as a cross-country run in honor and remembrance of all fallen service members killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Jarvis said when she lost her son, CPL Brandon William Smitherman, she decided to start a local Run for the Fallen event to honor her son, along with all the other fallen heroes.
“I know we’ve lost quite a bit [of soldiers] within in the last year and a half from Iowa, so I’m trying to let them know that even though I’m doing this for my son, I’m doing this for all of them,” said Jarvis. “I know what it’s like to have lost a son and this is just my way to show my support for our fallen heroes and I want everybody to get involved in it.”
This year’s Run will be held at the Exira/EHK football field in Elk Horn. Registration starts at 4:00 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 5:00 p.m. For more information you can visit www.elkhorn-ia-runforthefallen.us.