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Local 5K honors fallen Wyoming soldiers

 A Casper Chase Fallen Soldiers Memorial 5K participant on her way to the finish line.
A Casper Chase Fallen Soldiers Memorial 5K participant on her way to the finish line. (KCWY)
Published: Jul. 4, 2020 at 12:56 PM CDT
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Though it's the Fourth of July, Saturday was not just about celebrating our country's independence. It was also about honoring Wyomingites who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

The Casper Chase Fallen Soldiers Memorial 5K is an annual run that honors Wyoming soldiers who have died in the war on terrorism. Each fallen soldier has a scholarship in their name. The college the scholarship is offered at is the closest one to the soldiers hometown.

It began with the National Anthem. To promote social distancing, when each soldier's name was called, a new wave of runners took off.

"It's a real honor honestly. To be able to run in honor of the people that gave the ultimate sacrifice for us and today especially, being the Fourth of July, there's not a better day to have this run," said Casper Chase Chairman Hunter Harmelink.

"It's good to see the support from the community and just see the turnout for the soldiers that have really paid the ultimate sacrifice and continue to serve our country. It's what Independence Day is all about, we wouldn't be free without what they did for us," said 5K participant, Morgan Pangus.

"We're all members of the Auxiliary of VFW 9439 up on the hill and so it has a very special place in our hearts," said 5K participant, Heather Beckfield.

"It means the world to me. Running for all these soldiers, having God by my side, having them defend our lives and everything. I really like them for it," said 5K participant, Nathaniel Yeadon.

More than a hundred people came out to the run and Harmelink said with all the question marks surrounding events right now, it meant a lot to have it in person.

Runners carried flags small and large, and though the race only lasted around an hour, our fallen soldiers will be remembered forever.

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