This Veteran Ran A Mile For Every Fallen U.S. Veteran From Iraq And Afghanistan

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You will go on a journey of thousands of miles with this man. In fact, you will go a mile with him for every soldier, sailor, airman and Marine who gave their lives for us all in battle.

This film will inspire you. This gentleman felt that he had to take his admiration for all those who have fallen in service to the nation in Afghanistan to a different level. Saying thanks and honoring the fallen with words was not enough.

Mike was helped in his effort by volunteers who researched all of the names and dates and hand wrote them onto tags attached to small flags. He then put them into a baby stroller that he pushed ahead of him every mile along the often very lonely and empty roads. Every mile along the way he stopped and planted a flag with its individual name tag in remembrance of each of the fallen. Then he would stand and salute each small flag, remembering for a brief moment that individual fallen warrior.

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These were not large flags, just the simple small flags that are stapled to a stick that you can hold in your hand. Sometimes people would see him doing this as he went, and they would ask him what he was doing and why. He would explain briefly, for he had to keep up his pace of a marathon every day. Sometimes they would join him for awhile and help him plant the flags, and for a brief moment, they too would salute and think about each fallen warrior.

This massive undertaking was done out of simple love and respect for those who have fallen. It was formed out of a desire to make a public statement of honor for those who had fallen in battle and for their families. This man’s gesture required a commitment, a determination, and an endurance of both body and will. It is hard to believe that such a thing is physically possible, but this man is proof that it is. More than that, though, is the motivation behind it. This was just one person’s way of showing his love and respect for our fallen warriors. His determination and dedication to honor each and every one of the fallen, individually, and for their families, is a good example for all of us.

Take this journey with this running man and pause with him to honor and salute those who have fallen. Remember the words of Lincoln at the Gettysburg battlefield: “That from these honored dead, we take increased devotion to the cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion, that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain.”

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Dan Doyle is a husband, father, grandfather, Vietnam veteran, and retired professor of Humanities at Seattle University. He taught 13 years at the high school level and 22 years at the university level. He spends his time now babysitting his granddaughter. He is a poet and a blogger as well. Dan holds an AA degree in English Literature, a BA in Comparative Literature, and an MA in Theology, and writes regularly for The Veterans Site blog.