The El Paso community and Fort Bliss gathered Saturday morning for the 5th annual Run for the Fallen to honor the heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
The non-competitive 5K race featured over 150 decorated soldier boots representing the fallen.
A remembrance ceremony was held before the race where local survivors read out the names of soldiers who have died.
“The closer I got to reading my son’s name, I know that was coming up and it is very emotional to talk about him and talk about his passing,” local survivor Charles Budd said after reading out the name of his son who died four years ago when stationed at Fort Bliss.
Budd and other survivors paid tribute by running, walking or rolling through the streets of Fort Bliss.
“It’s great to be with fellow survivors, that’s where we get our support from,” Budd said.
Organizers say events like these help each person mourn in their own way while carrying the legacy of those who have fallen.
“Many times people think that grief is only for a short period of time and it is years. It takes years and years and some grief differently than others,” Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator Helen Barrientes said.
The 6th annual Run for the Fallen will be held on the second Saturday of April 2020.