Sep 19, 2016 11:30 AM

'Run For The Fallen' remembers those who have died protecting the US

RYE — The sixth annual “Run For the Fallen” was held at Odiorne State Park in Rye on Sunday.

The 12-mile running/walking course was lined with New Hampshire military veteran’s photos. Family members of the fallen soldiers stood by, receiving hugs and well wishes from participants. Tears and memories were exchanged as participants thanked military family members for their ultimate sacrifice.

“My mother made this for him. His grandmother. It means so much to us,” said the mother of Sgt. Daniel Gionet of Pelham, displaying for everyone the homemade quilt that showed pictures of her fallen son.

More than 75 New Hampshire armed service members have been killed since the Sept. 11 attacks of 2001.

The emotional event always brings local residents out to thank the troops as well.

“It’s so sad. I get so emotional when I look into the eyes of those young soldiers who died,” said one Rye resident, standing alongside Route 1A and watching the runners and walkers who passed.

According to “Run For the Fallen’s” website, the goal of the event is to: “Run to honor and remember each fallen hero from the current conflicts, we remember every service member from New Hampshire who laid down their lives for freedom’s cause.”

The runners and walkers shared part of the race course with another group of athletes who participated Sunday in the Wallis Sands Triathlon. Organized by Bill Burnett of Streamline Events, that event included about 300 racers.

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