The markers went up on Sunday – one for each of Florida’s Fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
If the photos from the Marine Families Facebook page don’t move you, maybe the words of the organization’s president will. Here is Cyd Deathe’s heartfelt posting:
Okay, it has been a very emotional day for me. Draining because I take each loss personally and my heart breaks. I walked through the memorial remembering ones I’ve known and those I attended their funerals. Unfortunately the list is longer each year.
Someone once said to me, some years back, ‘Cyd, they aren’t all yours and you can’t take it so personally.’ Well she was wrong! I love them all, even when I don’t know them and it reminds me of how precious life and family and loving each other is.
I’ve spoke with many Gold Star Family members today and they are so thankful for this event and what it teaches our community. That is the reason we do this.
That is the reason I promise to keep doing it until my last breath.
It is the very least we can do, for ALL that has been done for us.
There are only days left for runners and even walkers to register for the 10K, 5K and 1 mile runs.
The 2013 Run for the Fallen scheduled Sunday, Sept. 8 with a candlelight vigil set the evening before. Tampa Area Marine Parents Association, TAMPA. The Run for the Fallen is one of their major events.
Cyd asks if you can’t come to the free event and run yourself, please, at the very least, go to the page for the memorial, like and share to spread more information about this display.