CJTF-HOA, Camp Lemonnier Run to Remember Fallen Service Members
More than 150 members from Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Camp Lemonnier honored men and women who died in U.S. Armed Forces service during a Memorial Day Flag Relay from 8 p.m. May 26 to 8 a.m. May 27 here. “We remember those who’ve paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country,” said U.S. Navy Chaplain (Capt.) Phillip Lee, Jr., CJTF-HOA religious affairs. “We created a window of about 12 hours with 15-minute increments, running one and a half mile relays.”
Members from all five military branches, Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard, were present during the relay event. Participants ran the course carrying both the U.S. flag and the U.S. military service branch flag.
“I think it’s a great opportunity to truly remember what we commemorate this day, it’s not in honor of us but those who have gone before us,” said U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Alberto Sevillaparra, 22nd Emergency Medical Facility hospital corpsman. “A lot of us have lost friends or people we knew, one way or another, what a great way to honor their memory.”
In total, participants ran more than 260 miles over the course of 12 hours.