NEBRASKA CITY – Honor and Remember organizers are asking Nebraska City to lead a ceremony for the June 6 arrival of America’s Run for the Fallen.
Jim Meier of Waterloo and Bruce Husted of Omaha told city commissioners the run will span 6,000 miles, beginning at Fort Irwin, Calif., and concluding at Arlington National Cemetery.
Its stop at Nebraska City coincides with the 74th anniversary of the D-Day invasion to liberate Europe.
Meier said George Lutz formed the group after his son Tony was killed in action and he began meeting with other “Gold Star” families.
Meier: “The mission is to assure that the families of all fallen soldiers know, clearly, that their loved one is not forgotten, but is honored and remembered.”
He said the national organization is prepared to present Honor and Remember Flags to families at the Nebraska City ceremony, but he is hoping Nebraska City will take the opportunity to organize the ceremony.
Meier: “A perfect day would be the entire city and surrounding communities coming together as a community in recognition that our country wouldn’t exist if people hadn’t fought and died for it.”
The run itself has opportunities for local runners to join in the tribute. The names of at least one fallen soldier and a Gold Star family are posted every mile on the route. 20,000 names are associated with the War on Terror.
The run features core groups of 16 marathon-trained runners, plus local runners.
Meier: “Running in tandems of four, two miles at a time, in nine to 10-minute miles, stopping at those mile markers. Local people, who want to be a part of that, running a half mile or mile, they sure can.”
Meier suggested use of the Memorial Building and Memorial Way for the event and city commissioners did not suggest an alternative.
The ninth annual dinner for the fallen is scheduled in Omaha on June 9.