Veterans and 2-year-old girl participate in ‘virtual run’ to honor military fallen

Leo with his cane, Rosemary with her walker, Dick with his scooter and Sage with her walker will 'virtually' participate in Run for the Fallen.

A little girl with cerebral palsy is teaming up with some local veterans to honor the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Sage Meier, who uses a walker, will join World War II veterans, Leo Bianchi, 99 and Rosemary Longacre, in her 90s, as well as Dick Prinz, a Korean War veteran, who’s in his 80s, for a “virtual run.”

On Wednesday, the four of them walked down the New Cassel Retirement Center hallway to show support for fallen military members.

They will be participating “virtually” in Run for the Fallen, a national, coast-to-coast event that honors military members who died serving their country.

The run honors 20,000 military members who have given their lives since the War on Terror began (from the U.S.S. Cole bombing in October 2000 to the present).

"I love the service," Bianchi said. "I love what I have done and I love what I didn't do, and I came back home."

On June 9, there will be a Run for the Fallen 5K at Werner Park.

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