Fallen Soldier 14k held Saturday

Staff Writer
Devils Lake Journal
An army helicopter full of guardsmen oversees the Fallen Soldier 14k Saturday morning.

Journal Staff Report

In honor of the 14 National Guard soldiers from North Dakota who have lost their lives in combat since the launch of the war in Afghanistan, the annual Fallen Soldier 14k Run/Walk was held Saturday in Devils Lake.

The event started in Roosevelt Park and ended at Camp Grafton on a sunny, mild day that was perfect for a run.

Wooden crosses featuring a photo and name, representing each soldier who was killed in combat, lined the route. Many of the soldiers who participated in the run did so in full gear, from boots to rucksacks.

Though the event is a somber reminder of the dangers of war and the sacrifices of American soldiers, the mood was positive and the clear, sunny day provided a beautiful backdrop for the this year’s event, in which soldiers and civilians alike participated.

First and second place winners in the male and female categories received prizes, but their names have not yet been released.