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    9/11 Heroes Run in Misawa



    Story by Samuel H Bacon 

    Naval Air Facility Misawa

    Misawa, Japan — United States Navy Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE (VP-45) hosted the Travis Manion Foundation (TMF) 9/11 Heroes Run 5K race yesterday at the Potter Fitness Center on Misawa Air Base. CAPT Brian Erickson, Commander Task Force SEVEN TWO, delivered remarks prior to the start of the race. Runners and walkers of all levels and all ages came together to support TMF and honor fallen heroes. The race united the community to remember the nearly 3,000 lives lost on 9/11, as well as to honor our veterans, military, and first responders who serve our country and our communities. In total, 92 people participated, raising $1,150 for
    The 9/11 Heroes Run 5K series was inspired by Marine 1st Lt. Travis Manion, who was killed by a sniper in Iraq in April 2007 as he selflessly protected his battalion. Before his final deployment, Travis visited Rescue One in NYC—famous for losing almost all of their men on 9/11—and returned home with deeper passion about why he was fighting in Iraq. At its heart, the 9/11 Heroes Run is a tribute to a personal commitment to never forget the heroes of that day. Now in its 11th year, the 9/11 Heroes Run national race series will be held in more than 50 locations across the country and around the world, and is expected to draw over 60,000 participants.
    “During this divisive time in our country, I’m in awe at how so many communities across the country and around the world will put differences aside and come together to honor all those touched by the events of September 11th, 2001” said Ryan Manion, President of Travis Manion Foundation. “We challenge all Americans to join us this September, to ensure our future generations never forget the sacrifices of our veterans, active duty military, first responders, and civilians who were affected by the attacks on 9/11 and in the wars since.”
    Cmdr. Mark E. Zematis, the commander of Patrol Squadron FOUR FIVE, participated in the 9/11 Heroes Run for the past five years and was proud that VP-45 hosted the Heroes Run in Misawa. “It was a great time and supported a great cause,” he said. “We also had Pelicans participate virtually in El Salvador and Australia.” ATAN Christian Robles and LTJG Kathleen Canny were the first place male and female Pelicans to finish the Misawa race, earning them seats on the first VP-45 plane home from deployment in October.



    Date Taken: 09.11.2018
    Date Posted: 09.18.2018 01:07
    Story ID: 293193
    Location: MISAWA, AOMORI, JP 

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