Run for the Fallen

By Arnold Wyrick - bio | email

PINCKNEYVILLE, IL (KFVS) - Family and friends gathered to honor their fallen soldiers on Sunday afternoon.

Their faces mark the tragedy of the War on Terror. They're the faces of the soldiers who have lost their lives on the battlefields in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And it was artist Cameron Schilling who decided to honor the fallen soldiers in Illinois by sketching their portraits.

"These men and women served for a purpose and a reason. And they all have families. They're all just names to some people. But, there's families behind each one of these portraits. I think that's something for everyone to take home," Schilling said.

One by one the families of the fallen soldiers stood and spoke about their child who gave their life for our country.

And family and friends walked or ran a mile for each one of the soldiers who died on the battlefield.

"We just feel it's important to honor everyone that was in the military, not just one particular person. We love them all and we do this because we are free and they're giving their lives for us," said Linda Eisenhauer.

Veterans who have fought the fight spoke to the crowd about why it's so important for us to remember those who are no longer with us.

"I'm proud to be an American. I'm proud of all our military and I'm glad we're free. This is the least we can do is walk for our fallen soldiers," said Kay Elliott.

The family and friends goal was to walk a 267 miles, that's one mile for each and every soldier in Illinois who has died on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the end they walked 405 miles thanks to 90 people who who showed up to walk.

The miles will be added to the national totals during the nationwide Run for the Fallen, on August 21st and 22nd.

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