Friday, 08 June 2018 16:01

5k race to honor fallen veteran Featured

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LINCOLN - Communities are always willing to come together for their veterans.

 

The town of Lincoln will host its annual 5k race to raise funds to build a memorial for a hometown hero.

 

Local service director for the Gary Gordon fundraiser Gary Bies said,  "This is our fourth annual Gary Gordon 5k race. We've been raising money since we're about half way to our goal."

 

Gary Gordon was a master sergeant and was killed in Somalia in 1993. He volunteered to go to the crash site of a downed helicopter that was undergoing intense enemy fire. His ultimate sacrifice was immortalized in the movie "Black Hawk Down."

 

"That is a movie depicting Gary's action in this skirmish if you want to call it that in Somalia," said Bies. He said  they need to raise around $150,000 to build the bronze statue in his honor, "We're probably at the $65-70,000 point now."

 

Karen Richards a mother to an active marine base recruiter said they need to support their local veterans, "They're the ones that are protecting us."

 

The 5k race on June 30th will have bagpipe music, which was Gary's favorite.

 

Lincoln town council Sharon Silbey said, "The Acadia piper Ernie Smith coming to do a concert prior to the band playing." She said they will also be doing a presentation for Garys' mom, "As a mom myself I think it's comforting to know that he still lives, he still lives, and another reason for these events I think is to show the next generation the patriotism and the value of what sacrifices were made for them to live free."

 

To learn more about the race and to make donations to the Gary Gordon Foundation click here.

Shonna Narine

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