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Father's Day run in Bangor honors Maine's fallen heroes Featured

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Father's Day run in Bangor honors Maine's fallen heroes

BANGOR - A number of military families and supporters spent Sunday remembering Maine's fallen heroes.

Dozens participated in the Honoring Heroes Memorial 5K/10K on the Bangor Waterfront Sunday morning.

Proceeds from the run support the Gold Star Family Memorial that's currently in the works in Augusta.

Organizers say Bangor is the perfect location for the run, to unite Gold Star Families and military members from across the state.

"We just feel this is the right place for this," said Jonathan Kelley, director of CompetitorME. "So yeah, we're raising funds for something in Augusta, but we're looking at this project, the Maine Gold Star Family Memorial as one that will be taken throughout the state so each area of the state can embrace it and fully support it."

The emotional event included a tribute to those who risked and ultimately gave their lives to protect our country.

Krissy Martin of Bangor ran to honor her nephew Private First Class Tyler Springmann, who was killed in Afghanistan seven years ago.

For Gold Star Family members like Martin, seeing people come out to a run like this means the world.

"It gives me hope that these memories are going to be lasting forever," said Martin. "There's always one event going on somewhere, and if you can take an hour or two hours of your time to come and learn about a fallen soldier, that's all that we all ask, just to keep our loved ones' memories going, that's our goal."

Kayla Fish

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Kayla joined the ABC 7 & FOX 22 news team in May of 2017. She got into journalism because she loves talking with people, and she's incredibly grateful to share the stories of Mainers throughout the region.

She got her start in broadcasting way back in middle school as a member of a morning announcements TV broadcast club, and her love for the news industry took off from there.

Kayla graduated from Penn State University in 2017 with degrees in broadcast journalism and Spanish. During her time as a student at Penn State, Kayla was an executive producer and reporter for the "Centre County Report", an Emmy award-winning student-run newscast. She studied abroad in Ronda, Spain and traveled to Panama with an international reporting class. Kayla kept busy in college, spending four years working as a student manager in the dining hall.

Kayla grew up in the village of Shawnee-on-Delaware, located in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania, so transitioning into life in Vacationland was a piece of cake! A self-described winter fanatic, she loves all things snow related, including hitting the slopes on her snowboard. She also likes hiking, kayaking or doing anything outdoors. She loves meeting new people so if you see her around, be sure to stop and say hi!

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