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Run for the Fallen to be on Saturday

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

A Wabash Valley event scheduled for Saturday will have Brazil ties.

On Saturday, "Wabash Valley Run for the Fallen," will take place in Terre Haute.

This will be the second-straight year the event has taken place.

A flag ceremony has been scheduled for 8:30 a.m., followed by a day of running and walking for troops.

The running will take place along Veteran's Memorial Trail around the Indiana State University football stadium at the corner of Wabash Street and Brown Avenue.

Event coordinator Olivia Goulding said a total of 6,209 flags would be placed along the trail every 20-inches in remembrance of the fallen soldiers in both the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Each flag will have names of fallen heroes.

The first "Wabash Valley Run for the Fallen" took place Aug. 21, 2010, but the event, according to Goulding, has taken place for "several years."

"It actually began as a national event several years ago," she said. "They decided to run from California to Arlington National Cemetery and each mile they placed a flag for a hero that died in Iraq.

"I've kind of took the idea and scaled it down."

The first event was set up in honor of former United States Army Sgt. Dale Griffin, a Terre Haute native who died in Iraq in 2009.

"The Griffins are good family friends of mine," Goulding said.

The Stultz family from Clay County is also heavily involved in the event. Family members of Marine Cpl. Gregory Stultz, 22, Brazil, who was killed in the line of duty while stationed in Afghanistan in February 2010, will take part Saturday.

He was the first local serviceman to die in the War on Terror and the first Clay County soldier to die during military combat in more than 30 years.

"Last year, they presented the flags to us," Stultz' mother, Kim, told The Brazil Times. "They did a special thing for Greg. That was special."

Those taking part in Saturday's event are invited to stay until 7 p.m., and run or walk one mile for each service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

"The goal is to have a mile in for each soldier," Kim said. "They had a great turnout (last year). It's amazing, the continued support, especially in our community.

"It brings comfort to know that people out there want to help in any way."

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