May 28, 2012

I Did The Grid

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This past Friday night over 100 people gathered to transform a school’s lacrosse field into a field of flags for Saturday’s I Did The Grid Road Race. 6500 flags covered the field — one flag for each serviceman or woman who paid the ultimate sacrifice in our recent wars.

If you have been following my blog, you know about my involvement with Team Chris, my annual trip to Long Island and to the Marine Corps Marathon in the fall. One thing that The Grid race so special is the way it shines the light on the the meaning of Memorial Day.

I wrote last year: “During the pre-race announcements, runners and walkers are reminded of a recent survey in which 8 out of 10 people confess to not knowing the meaning of Memorial Day. To most, it’s the start of summer — The day the pool opens. At this race there is no doubt. Everyone present knows the meaning of Memorial Day.

Each runner and walker who does The Grid carries the names of three service men or women who gave their lives serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each participant is encouraged to finish the race in their honor.  After the race, local Gold Star families are recognized for their sacrifices in a sobering ceremony.”

This year’s Field of Flags was more evidence of how much the Grid means to this community.

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