Run For The Fallen: 6,000-mile run honoring fallen soldiers stops in Charleston
MT. PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) —
Runners taking part in a 6,000-mile run made a stop at Patriots Point Thursday night.
It's called Run for the Fallen and it honors those who have lost their lives for the war on terror dating back to October 12, 2000, when the USS Cole was bombed by terrorists in Yemen.
The tribute run started in California four months ago and the finish line is in Arlington, Virginia. This race is all about the journey and the men and women who've lost their lives fighting for Americans.
The Run for the Fallen course runs through 19 states over 120 days. The trek to Charleston marked day 104.
Runners clock 50-miles a day and make a stop at each mile marker to call out the names of soldiers who died on a specific day, men like Army Sergeant Eric Fifer.
"When somebody mentions his name and somebody calls out his name, it is just such a feel of pride and love," said Sandra Fifer, his mother. "He was 22, and the amazing thing about this whole thing, today would have been his 35th birthday."
The Gold Star family drove three hours to take part in the ceremony at Patriot's Point in Mt. Pleasant.
They gathered around the Gold Star Memorial, where organizers gifted them a Gold Star flag embroidered with Sgt. Fifer's name.
"(We're) a family that loves our country and believes what our soldiers, sailors, and airmen do," Fifer said. Her son Sean has been deployed twice. She said sending a child away never gets easier.
"When he came home, it really hit me that Eric wasn't ever going to," she said. "Because it's really easy to convince yourself that he's just deployed."
By the end of the journey, the group will have called out and saluted 20,000 soldiers.
Run for the Fallen live streams the runner's each day beginning at 7 a.m. Follow their progress here.