DEKALB COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - America's "Run for the Fallen" will be making its way through the Tennessee Valley this weekend.
It is a nationwide relay foot run, paying tribute to fallen service members who have served during the War on Terror since 2000.
"Just come out, support it. These men and women have died for our country for our freedom. I think we should come out and spend 10 minutes, you know, encouraging them to run." says Chief Kevin Smith of the Rainsville Police Department.
DeKalb County is getting ready to cheer on the Run For The Fallen.
The group will travel a route from Jackson into DeKalb County along Highway 35 Monday morning. Crowds are encouraged to bring American flags and support the runners.
"We encourage everybody to get out. Get you a flag, waive you a flag. Be, you know. I'd love to see, you know tons of folks lining highway 35 all the way to you know City Park here. Cheering folks on." says Brian Baine, Fort Payne City Council President.
Baine says a gold star family of a solider from Ohio that was killed in service will be traveling here for his flag presentation.
"Every mile they will call out a soldiers name that has lost their battle in the war and they will place a flag here at Fort Payne City park." says Baine.
Jerry Clifton, Coordinator for the for the DeKalb County Run For The Fallen says when the group contacted him for help organizing runners, there was no hesitation on his part.
"You know, it's something obviously that we want to do, because it's you know a great thing that they're doing and bringing recognition to our fallen men and women in service." says Clifton.
After leaving Alabama, the "Run for the Fallen" will then move on into Georgia, before concluding its run at the Arlington National Cemetery on August 5th.
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