Boots needed to remember our country's fallen soldiers

By Brenton Awa
Published On: Sep 03 2013 06:27:00 PM HST

An upcoming run that's full of meaning still needs people who are full of generosity. The Tripler Fisher House is 800 pairs of boots short of its goal for Saturdays 8K Hero and Remembrance Run in Hawaii.

HONOLULU -

An upcoming run that's full of meaning still needs people who are full of generosity. The Tripler Fisher House is 800 pairs of boots short of its goal for Saturday's 8K Hero and Remembrance Run.

The total number of boots needed for this weekends race is 6,727. That number represents many of the soldiers that gave their lives for our country after Sept. 11th became so much more than a date.

"These men paid for our freedom with their blood," said Nancy Gibbs, whose husband is in the military.

Gibbs searched through thousands of boots Tuesday. Each of those represent a fallen soldier. She was looking for three men from her husband's last unit.

"Its very moving because you remember each boot represents a person and its someones son or daughter or husband or father," says Gibbs.

"They have a family, they had a life, they were somebody," said Theresa Johnson

Many of those who've died since Sept. 11, 2001, have photo tags at Tripler's Fisher House, but not all have boots. The Fisher house still needs another 800 pairs before Saturday. It's calling out to the community and the military for help.

"Sometimes when you're downrange and something happens, you just file that and keep going you have to do you're mission. you don't have time to mourn your loss," says Johnson.

Whether or not you have boots to donate, everyone's still welcome to look around.

"What we want those families to know is we still remember, sometimes we're all very busy in our day but this is going to give them an opportunity to remember," says Johnson.

Gibbs and her daughter eventually found boots with the photo tags of her husbands friends.

"I know her but not her dad," says Gibbs daughter.

"I know, I know, you might have met him once at a Christmas party, I think," says Gibbs, responding to her child.

This event hopes to keep cherished memories from fading away.

All of the boots collected will have photos and flags on them and will be placed along the course for Saturday's race on Ford Island.

The boots will remain on display following the race until Sept. 15.

To donate a pair of new or used boots, you can contact Theresa Johnson at 808-561-7423.

Register for the race at the following link:

http://triplerfisherhouse.eventbrite.com

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