Digital Original: Students pay tribute to AR fallen servicemember through run

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CABOT, Ark. – Students at Cabot High School joined in on a 153-mile run that started in Ozark (Franklin County) and ended at the State Capitol. 

Arkansas Run for the Fallen is a nonprofit organization that helps to raise awareness for the 150 Arkansas military servicemembers who have died while serving on active duty since September 11, 2001. 

This past weekend, a handful of students from Cabot High School took part in the final three-mile stage of the memorial run to help bring awareness and memorialize those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. 

“I just thought that when he was in Afghanistan he would have to keep going,” says Juliana Alcantara, a sophomore at Cabot High School. “So I’d have to keep going to the end of the run.” 

Each student who ran wore a photo of their fallen servicemember on their shorts as a form of respect for them and their family. 

“The difficulty of the run is kind of forgotten because when they see the patriotism around them, people stopping to get out of their cars to salute them,” explains Msgt. Matt Atkinson, Air Force JROTC instructor at Cabot High school. “For the students, it’s about remembering those who have fallen and paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country.” 

The run is just one of the several events the high school ROTC program is involved in helping to memorialize those who have fought for our freedom. 

“Just at the end of the run, it was a runner’s high,” says Juliana. “You sprint to the end until you reach the capitol.”  

Run for the Fallen raises money throughout the year for a variety of events. This includes wreaths for the fallen during the holidays and granting scholarships for graduating seniors who lose a parent in the military.

For more information about the Arkansas Run for the Fallen, click here

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