One Life, One Flag, One Mile. The mantra of Mike Ehredt, which propelled him on his 2,140 mile honorary run across America.
You may have heard of his Project America Run. Every mile completed, he plants a flag in honor of a fallen soldier, then solutes and continues his journey. From the Canadian Border to the Gulf Of Mexico in Galveston, Texas, he has run a nonstop marathon a day.
There have been many that has joined him on his journey. Giving him support along the way, a hand shake, an encouraging word or have even chosen to join him for a day or two on his journey. As humbling as his trek is, it comes with great awe that one man would take on such a grand feat. And not just once but twice.
In 2010, Mike ran from Astoria, OR to Rockland, ME and placed 4,424 flags for the fallen men and women stationed in Iraq. A total of 8 months, 6,565 lives, flags and miles.There were no political messages or statements only remembrance of those who have given their lives in war.
Last Flag Placed for Project America Run Marine Cpl. Alex Domion
As Mike returns home to his cozy house in Hope, ID this veteran's day, he will have a very different and deeper understanding on this Veteran's Day.From the first flag planted bearing the name Master Sgt. Evander E. Andrews, to the last U.S. Marine Corporal Alex F. Domion, his painstaking journey will be planted forever in his mind as well as the ones who followed his journey. On Sunday, Nov. 11 on a sandy beach in Galveston Texas his run finally came to an end. And today we just want to thank you for helping us to remember the soldiers who have fallen, their families and people like Mike Ehredt who continue to carry that lantern of remembrance.
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Project America Run Mike Ehredt