Sarah Palin to Runners: 'Wear Blue' on Memorial Day to 'Honor Our Fallen'
On Memorial Day, wear blue.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin urged runners and walkers to support "Wear Red: Run to Remember" and "honor our fallen" by wearing blue and dedicating the miles "you put in" on Memorial Day to "America's finest who paid the ultimate price for our freedom." Palin, an avid runner herself, linked to the organization's website and said her friend had asked her to share it:
A friend asked me to share the link below – such a worthy cause that costs nothing but your energy. To honor our fallen on Memorial Day, this effort encourages runners and walkers to wear blue and dedicate the miles you put in tomorrow to America’s finest who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. God bless them, their families, and all who honor them!
"Wear blue: run to remember" says its mission is "to build running communities that honor the service and sacrifice of the American military" and seeks to "(1) act as a support network, (2) serve as a living memorial, and (3) bridge the gap between military and civilian communities."
They hope to create "globally recognized running communities that honor and preserve the legacy of generations of fallen service members, achieved through formal relationships with the National Guard, active duty military leadership, and community and state governance":
We run for the fallen, for the fighting, and for the families. Our running community serves as a support network for those preparing for a deployment, living through a deployment, recovering from a deployment and healing from loss sustained during a deployment.
With every step, wear blue creates a living memorial to the service and sacrifice of the American military. And on race day, our wear blue Mile allows all runners to pay tribute to the service members who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. It is a reminder that Freedom isn’t free – it was bought and paid for by men and women in uniform.
What makes us unique is we do not run to raise money, we raise money to run. Being a member of wear blue requires no fundraising commitment or membership dues.
wear blue is an all-inclusive organization that actively strives to bridge the gap between the Military and the community. Our running group provides community members a tangible way to show their appreciation and support for the military.
We are currently planning on announcing new meet-ups and chapters near major military installations in 2014. Every chapter will participate in one local touchstone race in the spring and a national race in the fall, creating the ultimate living memorial with thousands of runners wearing blue.
Photo credit: Northwestmilitary.com