The 214th Fires Brigade hosted its third annual Fallen Soldier Memorial 5K and one-mile fun run Nov. 27 on Fort Sill, and a "shadow run" with its deployed battalion -- 1st Battalion, 14th Field Artillery "Steel Warriors," which is in the United Arab Emirates.
The run is a tradition set up by the brigade to remember Soldiers killed in combat. It also raises money for services that help Gold Star families, such as Survivor Outreach Services.
Gold Star family members are immediate family to a deceased service member. The run hosted three Gold Star spouses and one mother. The events raised more than $15,000 through race fees and donations.
"Today is an annual tradition that we hold dear to our hearts to remind everyone that our fallen Soldiers and Gold Star families sacrifices will not be forgotten," said Col. Andrew Preston, 214th FiB commander, addressing the crowd before the start.
This was the third time Marie Berberea, a Gold Star spouse, ran the race.