By Story & photo by Pfc. Brian GlassJune 17, 2009
A Soldier dying is an unfortunate aspect of war. For the battle buddies of the fallen and fellow Soldiers who have to live on, the memories never fade.
Some 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers honored their deceased brothers and sisters in arms by participating in the 5K Run/Walk for Fallen Comrades May 30 at Camp Stanley.
The event, which was sponsored by Family Morale Welfare and Recreation, attracted approximately 60 people.
For some of the participants, the event was much more than a reason to run.
"I've been in the Army 18 years," said Sgt. 1st Class Gera Foushee, platoon sergeant, Company B, 304th Signal Battalion, Camp Stanley. "I've had some friends of mine die during combat. I'm doing this for them."
A large contingent of runners belonged to the Warrior Readiness Course and had just arrived in country.
"I had just got to Korea two days ago," said Capt. Jamie Stahl, currently en route to Camp Humphreys. "This run is good to maintain physical fitness, and it's important to know the sacrifices of others."
The weather held up beautifully and the race went off without any hiccups. Prizes were awarded for the first and second place finishers of each event.
The different categories were over and under 30-years-old groups for male and females. Prizes included a new pair of running shoes for the first place winners, $30 AAFES gift certificates and $25 worth of savings bonds to name a few.
Even with the large turn out, some participants felt more should come out to pay tribute to fallen comrades.
"I believe this event should be made mandatory," said Pfc. Paul Golden, Headquarters and Headquarters Support Company, Division Special Troops Battalion. "It's good to go out and do great things like this."
With the event completed, the participants left with a better appreciation for the meaning of the run. "I'm here in support of the fallen comrade run," said 1st Sgt. Carol Hymes, WRC first sergeant. "Knowing fallen comrades personally, this means more to me than a run."