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Jim SAYS:
To our Core Run Team and Hon…
To our Core Run Team and Honor and Remember supporters, thank you from the bottom of my heart for what you all did to enable another very successful Virginia Run for the Fallen! This year our list of Fallen military Virginians grew to 425 by the time we completed the event. I almost didn't make it this year as a result of an emergency medical procedure I had in March, but God had other plans for me; as promised, at every mile over 248 miles we ran, I stopped to perform a personal Honor and Remember ceremony for the fallen heroes I selected for you. I stood face to face with your heroes' Gold Star families and on your behalf I relayed your sincere message of solidarity, support, and thanks for their loved one's sacrifice.

This year, I added tributes to personal family heroes, like my uncle LCPL Gerald P. O'Hara, USMC, who we lost is February, and SSGT Herbert M. Stiebel (WWII hero) and Joan Stiebel (WWII/RAF WREN). I also added personal tributes along the way for 51 of my fallen U.S. Naval Academy Class of '81 brothers and sisters whom I miss and hope to celebrate at our 35th reunion this year.

This year, our tribute for hometown hero Pfc Dillon M. Jutras, USA-Ranger, was highlighted by cadets running on the Core Run Team from Dillon's former George Mason University AROTC unit, the Patriot Battalion, led by our son Jimmy. Additionally, LtGen Anthony Ierardi USA performed the honor and remember ceremony for Dillon's family, LTC Pierre and Julia Jutras and his siblings Heather, Dustin, and Hunter.

Please continue to support and run with us again next year in 2017, and I would also ask that you set your sights on 2018 when members of various states' Core Run Teams will gather to commemorate and reenact the original 2008 America's Run For the Fallen in it's ten year anniversary with a 3,300 mile run across the USA - from Fort Irwin, Ca. to Arlington Section 60 - to honor and remember the thousands of our heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice. (http://runforthefallen.org/) God willing, I plan to be part of that run team as well and will train harder this year and come back as an even stronger runner for our brothers and sisters who sacrificed all. Looking forward to running with you all on the Core Team next year! Thank you for your support!

Respectfully,

Jim O'Hara
CAPT USN-retired
USNA '81-30th Co.
VARFTF Core Team Runner
2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
3 years ago
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Jim
Jim SAYS:
Jay, many thanks for your su…
Jay, many thanks for your support of our Virginia Run for the Fallen. You are a true patriot and leader by your example of dedication to honoring and remembering our fallen heroes and their Gold Star Families. In your name, at mile HM1-11, I will stand face-to-face with his wife Kelley and his two children Nate and Savannah and thank them for Adam's service and sacrifice in combat. I hope to see you out on the run course with our Core Run Team some day, Day 4 along Northern Virginia is a great opportunity. Blessings to you and your family!

Jim O'Hara
CAPT USN(retired)
2016 VARFTF Core Team Runner

http://www.varunforthefallen.org/cpo-adam-l-brown.html
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JAYENDRAN DURAIKKANNAN
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