BENEFITING: RUN FOR THE FALLEN MAINE
EVENT DATE: Oct 26, 2014
Hello! My name is Holly Pratt. I am from Gray, Maine but currently I live in the Washington DC area. I have been given the incredible oppurtunity to be able to run in honor of LCpl Joshua Bernard through the Run for the Fallen of Maine program.
A little about me, when I was 18 I joined the Air Force. I was active duty for five years and I have now been in the Air National Guard for three. I’ve served two tours overseas. One in Afghanistan working casualty reporting/mortuary affairs and one in Qatar working immigrations with the local nationals. I moved to the Washington DC area for a job offer from the Department of Homeland Security (where I am currently working now). I had never before had a desire to run a marathon. I have run the Army 10miler 3 consecutive years in my grandfather’s honor and that, to me, was a struggle. Then about 4 months ago a friend of mine sent me a link to Run for the Fallen of Maine. She knows I am proud to be from Maine and Patriotic to say the least. I love my country, I love being a veteran and I loved being able to help, support and honor our nation’s heroes. After I got in contact with the organization they sent me a list of 12 marines to choose to run in their honor. I did not take the decision lightly. I prayed about it and began looking at the names and googling what information I could find. Then I found Josh.
Joshua Bernard was born 7 days after I was on December 30, 1987. He was from the small Maine town of New Portland. He was homeschool, like I was, for the majority of my school aged life, he served in Afghanistan, as I did, and most importantly he was active in his church and was known for his faith. I hope we have that in common as well. He enjoyed hiking, shooting and snowboarding. Joshua followed in his Father's footsteps and joined the Marines at 18 in November 2006. Joshua was a rifleman. Joshua lived his life as a great example for Christ, earning the nickname "Holy Man" from his fellow marines. He deployed to Iraq in January 2008 and then to Afghanistan in May 2009. He was promoted to glory on August 14, 2009 leaving behind both of his parents and
When I asked for his father's blessing to run this marathon in his honor Mr. John Bernard said "He
would find it curious that anyone would want to do this for him largely because he was a humble guy and never saw himself as someone to be fussed over;".
If you feel led please join me in "fussing" over a young man who truley deserves it. Please take the time to donate through this website. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards Run for the Fallen Maine's scholarship foundation, as well as directly to the families who have lost service members from Maine.
God Bless you and God bless America.
There is no greater love than to lay down one's life for one's friends - John 15:13