It’s a small act community members and Fort Bliss can do on Saturday to honor past, current and future heroes making big sacrifices to protect our country.
The Survivor Outreach Services in Fort Bliss is preparing for the 5th annual Run for the Fallen 5K race.
The event is a non-competitive family event memorializing local heroes from all branches of the military.
“The survivors will wear a black shirt and then the red shirt this year is the color for those who are participating,” Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator Helen Barrientes said.
The shirts will display the names of fallen service members in the back.
The 5K run is inspired by other military installations, but this year, there will also be boots as part of the race.
“We have 178 boots to represent all the branches of the armed services and all those who have fallen here in the local area,” Barrientes said.
Whether participants run, walk or roll to the finish line, the organizers want the community to recognize those who have fallen.
“It’s important that the community shows their support for these families of the fallen. I know that the war in Afghanistan and the war in Iraq is winding down. We can’t forget our survivors,” Barrientes said.
The run also celebrates the soldiers who have survived.
“In order for us to have our freedom, this is a very small way we can show our support. We are here as one huge El Paso community family in order to embrace our survivors that remain,” Barrientes said.
Registration for the race can still be done Saturday morning before the race. Participants are being asked to enter through the Cassidy Gate to Fort Bliss.
The race is set to begin after a remembrance ceremony at 8:30 a.m.