U.S.A.’s brave soldiers have been my guardian angels for a long time. Living through a war is part of my personal history. But, being able to share that my story does not have a tragic ending is all because of American soldiers who brought peace back to the beautiful country of Bosnia and Herzegovina and ended suffering and prosecution of millions of Bosnians.
Today, I proudly call Boston my home and identify myself as a Bosnian-American, but I would have never had this opportunity if it wasn’t for the American Officer who sponsored my family to immigrate to U.S.A. as war refugees. His family opened up their home and hearts as they accepted my dad, my mom, and I as their part of their family. They gave me my first Winnie the Pooh bear, took me trick-a-treating for the first time, and taught me the importance of turkey, football, and family on Thanksgiving. Most importantly, they demonstrated kindness, strength, optimism, diligence, and bravery. The same values that as young girl, I witnessed from the American soldiers who I recognized as my personal heroes.
This year, I will run the 2014 Boston Marathon in honor of Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo. He was a Marine who encompassed and demonstrated all of the heroic traits. Alex joined the Marines at the age of 17 to serve our country and demonstrated “the highest levels of selfless and courage” as described by one his commanders.
On August 25th, 2004 on his second tour to Iraq as part of the Operation Iraqi Freedom , he died in a hostile attack in the city of Najaf. He fearlessly fought the tyranny that has actively pursued to destroy our freedom. Heroes don’t just stand for ideas. Heroes like Alex have fought bravely and sacrificed their lives to protect America’s embodiment of life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. I feel blessed that Alex’s proud dad, Carlos Arredondo shared Alex’s courageous life story with me , and thankful for meeting Mr. John Mixon who connected me with Run for Fallen.
Running the Boston Marathon is my commitment to honor Lance Corporal Alexander Scott Arredondo, his family, and all others who have given their life to protect the freedom of our great country. To fulfill my commitment, I need your help. No donation is too small and every penny counts to help Run for the Fallen Maine acheive their mission.
Run for the Fallen Maine was formed in 2009 and is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of our military heroes that gave their lives to protect our freedom since September 11, 2001. Through your donations we are able to provide the families of our fallen heroes with assistance both financially and for generalized need via our family scholarship program and financial assistance program. Run for the Fallen is a 501c(3) legal tax exempt charity, therefore your donation is tax deductible. Please donate via this website for immediate documentation donation or send a check payable to Run for the Fallen Maine. If mailing your donation please address to Run for the Fallen Maine c/o Jodie Gregory, 18 Whitehouse Rd, Rochester NH 03867.