Mary Braun

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Dear Virginia Run for the Fa…
Dear Virginia Run for the Fallen Supporters!

Tomorrow, we will bury my Uncle Bud, Pfc Walter E. (Bud) Dillon USA, at Arlington Cemetery with military honors - he was a hero in the Battle of the Bulge (Ardennes) during WWII. With the passing of another special Memorial Day, I wanted to reach out thank all of you once again for standing up, for rising up, for telling our nation ... that our fallen Virginia veterans' sacrifice mattered in this world and that they will continue to be honored and remembered in person with their Gold Star families through our Virginia Run for the Fallen. This year we honored over 389 veterans and their families who made the ultimate sacrifice and over 245 miles, we met their families and thanked them, face to face. Every name of our fallen was spoken, loudly with a short biography. Every fallen veteran was honored with a flag ceremony. For all of you, on your behalf, I dedicated each mile and ceremony to specific fallen veterans who I knew personally, and in many cases presented the surviving mothers and fathers with the dog tags of their fallen to mark the journey they took running with us in spirit. Believe me when I tell you that you made a huge difference for the Gold Star families.

Your commitment to our fallen veterans reaffirmed our mission once again:

• Gold Star brothers and sisters of the fallen; we stand with you as your brothers and sisters.
• Gold Star sons and daughters; we stand with you as you are our sons and daughters too, we thank you for your support of your parent’s service and sacrifice for our country.
• Gold Star fathers and grandparents; we stand with you as fathers and grandparents, and thank you for support of your fallen hero in service to our country.
• Gold Star mothers, you hold a special place in our hearts, for you gave us the Gift of Life in your son or daughter so that they may serve us in making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Gold Star mothers; we are forever in your debt, we stand with you to honor your children.
• Gold Star families; we stand STRONG with you as your family; because Family Is Forever.

I look forward to running and representing you next year. Again, thank you for supporting us this year.

- Jim O'Hara
CAPT USN-retired / USNA '81
Core Team Runner
Virginia Run for the Fallen 2013, 2014, 2015
4 years ago
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John and Mary, Once again, …
John and Mary,

Once again, thank you for supporting our mission. I was struggling when I first got up to SSG Alexander's marker, but once I saw you guys, I got re-energized to complete the trek to Manassas! I dedicated that mile to your support of his family.

- JP
4 years ago
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Mary Braun
Mary Braun
Woodbridge, VA United States
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