Heroes honored through Run for the Fallen

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Heroes who gave their lives for their county were honored Sunday as the 3rd annual Arkansas Run for the Fallen finished at the state Capitol. The Run for the Fallen kicked off Friday as service men and women began their 140-mile trek to Little Rock.

On a rainy Sunday in Central Arkansas you could spot freedom in the form of a band of brothers stretching 140 miles from Ozark to Little Rock stopping to commemorate a fallen brother and sister at every mile.

Private Jeremy Johnson was one of them.

"Unfortunately just wasn't able to deal with the stress of life and everything that went on when he was deployed," said his mother, Deborah Johnson.

Johnson took his own life after returning from his deployment in Iraq. This Friday will be the four year anniversary of his death.

"The week and the several weeks leading up to the anniversary is always hard. It just helps knowing that there's so many people around you supporting you and helping you to get through the rough times," she added.

More than 40 service men and women were escorted to the Capitol to raise the flag in triumph.

"It just gives you chills to watch that. It's amazing to watch how people come together in that situation. You just can't describe it," motorcycle escort Jeff Beason detailed.

A flag that stitches the memories of its protectors into each and every thread. Volleys echo across the capitol, shots bringing memories of the fallen heroes back to those who loved them. The Run for the Fallen plans to continue into the future, extending its course next year in a truly a humbling ceremony.


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