I’m back from my annual trip to Washington DC and I am overloaded with emotion, memories and (of course) images.
The reason for the trip was to run the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for the CPL Christopher G. Scherer Semper Fi Fund (Team Chris), an organization founded by the family of CPL Scherer, USMC, who was killed in Iraq in 2007 by an enemy sniper. Team Chris’ mission is simple: Honor the fallen and support the troops.
Over the years they have fulfilled their mission in a variety of ways. So far this year about $30,000 has been raised, all of which will be used to sponsor service dogs for wounded warriors. (My fundraising page for the Boston contingent of Team Chris will be open until Christmas, if you care to contribute.)
My association with the Team Chris is deep and personal — My wife and I have been friends of the Scherer family for over 30 years. Chris’ death in the war on terror hit us hard.
Team Chris Weekend is always emotional. Through the Gold Star families involved, we feel both pain and pride. I won’t try to explain. My words can’t do it justice.
Between the Team Chris festivities I was able to go to the National Mall for some sightseeing with some of the Boston Crew. We toured the Lincoln Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial and the WWII Memorial. Here are a few images from the day. More to come.