SPOKANE, Wash. --Around the country, memorials are being organized to honor the lives lost on September 11th, 2001. in the 15 years that have passed, 150 military members from Washington have been killed in action while serving for our country from all branches of the military.
"I think its important that we don't forget what it means and what it stands for and that it's important to stand up for those who fought for our freedom," Elizabeth Wright said.
Wright attended Saturday's 4th Annual March for the Fallen to help cheer on the 228 people showing their appreciation for those soldiers by running in a 5k, 10k or 15k. Each member of a team carried a 35 pound backpack..
The event began at 9 a.m. near 7 Mile Road. The course is lined with pictures of fallen Washington soldiers. The event not only raises awareness, it also raises money for local veteran organizations through $30 registration fees.
Staff Sergeant Christopher Armitage says while running the course at times can be tough, nothing is as tough as the sacrifice soldiers give up everyday.
"It fueled me in a big way because I thought about my pain being insignificant to what the families have dealt with and the pride too," Armitage said. " It's mixed emotion. I'm proud of what the guys have done and grateful for their sacrifice and that gave me," he said.