SUPPORTING TROOPS: Annual Remembrance Run
It’s a 5K where a great time would be nice.
“You could run it for time but most people are just out here for a loved one and to show their support,” said Jason Oskvig, a runner.
In the end, everyone who finishes gets a medal.
What makes this race unique is that it’s all about honoring our troops.
The people who have served, are currently serving, and those who have lost their lives fighting for our country.
“My son and daughter-in-law are in the Iowa National Guard,” said Brad Smith, a runner.
1,200 people ran or walked their way around Raccoon River Park Sunday.
The first three miles are scenic, but it’s the final stretch that truly gives participants that sense of American pride.
“There are flags that line our finish line. There are 116 of them representing each service member honored here today,” said Heather Johnson, the executive director of Iowa Remembers.
At the 4th annual Remembrance Walk, there are no excuses.
Even 98 year old World War II veteran Arthur Ryden made his way around the course.
His brother who served with him seventy years ago was on his mind.
“I was over in the pacific near Alaska while he was over in France at the final battle,” said Ryden.
Thoughts of his brother even got Ryden out of his wheelchair as he walked under the American flag to collect his medal.
For family members, it was an emotional scene.
“He’s the most influential veteran in my life. I’m glad I got to share this with him,” said Andrea Neimeyer, the granddaughter of Ryden.
Ryden hopes his family will get to share this with him again for at least the next two years.
“I’ll be doing this until I’m 100,” Ryden told Channel 13 News.
The money raised will help pay for a yearly retreat for family members of fallen soldiers.