Among the parades and barbecues taking place this Memorial Day one family is hitting the pavement in memory of all the veterans who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Kristie Howard is running for her son, Josh a Joint Terminal Attack Controller (JTAC) in the U.S. Air Force.
"I’m very proud of him. He has lost thirteen good friends, twelve were TACPS (Tactical Air Control Party Specialist), one was a good friend of his," said Howard.
Josh has been in the military for seven years, enlisting after the 9/11 attacks and pushed by the fact that members of his family had previously served in the Air Force.
Kristie has a big support team logging in miles with her today.
"My daughter is running, she’s going to run six, my sister is running too, my son is going to do thirteen over in Hawaii, his wife is running as well as her parents," said Howard proudly.
Josh has deployed before and although Kristie doesn’t know the date he will be deploying soon.
"We’re never allowed to know where he goes or when he goes, that makes it really hard as a mom but we know he’s in God’s hands. We support them no matter where he is, we just wait to hear from him," said Howard.
Kristie says the phone calls, although few, are a great way to stay in touch and the internet really helps when the miles separate them.
"I just want to thank all the veterans for their service, I’m extremely proud of Josh, I know it’s really tough on his wife when he’s gone and we’re real proud of her for all she does to keep the home fires burning because I know all the people that are home have a lot of work to do," added Howard.
Kristie will continue running in support of those who lost their lives and hopes to see new faces join her and run a mile for every veteran that has passed away. To become a part of the run, visit the website and lace up your shoes.