My name is Megan Gavin-Kirk and I am running the Boston Marathon for Maine Run for the Fallen in memory of my husband SGT Joshua J. Kirk. Joshua was killed in action when his outpost in Afghanistan was overrun by insurgents on October 3, 2009.
Joshua was born July 19, 1979 in Thomaston, Maine. When Josh was five he moved with his family to Idaho where he lived until he returned to Maine in his early twenties. Josh was homeschooled along with his five siblings. When Josh completed high school his graduation gift from his parents was a month at Outward Bound in Colorado. He was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hike and rock climb with buddies.
Josh returned to Maine when he was twenty two to work with his father for the summer in construction. At the end of the summer Josh stayed on in Maine to live and work. In 2004 Josh enrolled at Southern Maine Community College with a major in Construction Engineering. During that time he could no longer ignore his calling to serve his country; in the spring of 2005 he left college and joined the Army. He had always planned to return to college when his commitment to the Army was complete.
After graduating basic training he received orders to Germany, where he would serve with the 173rd Airborne. Josh deployed from Germany with 1-91 CAV in early in 2007 to Afghanistan. He was gone for 15 months and during his time there was awarded an ARCOM with a V-Device for valor. Just a short 10 months later he was again deployed with his new unit from Fort Carson, CO. He was again off to Afghanistan in May of 2009 with 3-61 CAV. October 3, 2009 Josh along with seven other soldiers with him at COP Keating were killed when their remote outpost was overrun by Taliban fighters. Joshua was awarded a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star with a V-Device for valor after the battle that ended his life.
Josh was a good man; he fought for his family and his country. He was a passionate man, he believed in taking care of his family and the people he loved. He is sorely missed everyday and the little girl who once sat with her Daddy reading will no longer be able to share the love they had. Kensington has a great love for books just like her Daddy did when he was here with us.
While Josh was deployed the first time I decided to take up running to keep my mind off the situation and the stress of having my husband in a war zone. There could not have been a more supportive husband for a wife’s new found love (my running) than he was. Every time we talked he would ask me how my running was going and how many miles I had logged that day. So today I continue to run not only for me but for Josh and his passion for life. On days when I don't think I can make it one more mile I remember him and the encouragement he always gave me and continues to.
I am running this, my first marathon to remember not just Josh but all of the men and women who have died defending this great country fighting to preserve our freedom. Please help me reach my fundraising goal and donate,
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