MIDDLETOWN >> A dozen individuals paused just before they made their way along a 5-mile path Saturday from Veterans Memorial Park and the Connecticut Trees of Honor as the names of the eight fallen soldiers they were running for were read, one by one.
During the eighth annual Run for the Fallen CT, each made their way from Walnut Grove Road to Washington Street and stopped at the first of eight placards staked into the earth roadside at each of the kilometers. Some carried American flags and all had bibs with the names of 65 fallen soldiers from Connecticut who have died since 9/11 in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
With a lightly falling rain, and cheers and horn toots from motorists passing by, the 8 a.m. group ran for Capt. Brian S. Letendre of New Britain, Spc. Tyanna Avery-Felder of Bridgeport, Capt. Eric Paliwoda of Farmington and five others. Runners took part in one, two, three and a few even all eight laps — 64 kilometers — and at each station took a moment of silence to honor their bravery and sacrifice.
At the conclusion of the 1 p.m. lap, a remembrance ceremony was held at the Trees of Honor.
For information, see runforthefallenct.org.
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