Army wife Amanda Huston decided this was the year to bring Wear Blue: Run to Remember to the Yelm Community. Wear Blue: Run to Remember is a national network started in DuPont, Wa., of people who act as a support network to military families who have lost a loved one. "We decided to do something for the Yelm community to be able to keep honoring our fallen soldiers since Yelm has a community of military family in it," said Huston. "We wanted to honor the fallen soldiers in a living memorial, so we pledge miles and we run."
When she first started, Huston had a total of six people who chose to run with her once a month meeting at the Yelm Trailhead. Gaining momentum over the last few months, Huston is proud to say that she now has a group of 12 dedicated runners. One of Huston's friends suggested that the Wear Blue group get involved in the annual Christmas in the Park Parade and Celebration. Huston's group was happily welcomed to participate that took place on Saturday, December 1, 2012.
Dana and Doug Dirkin donated the use of their Willy Jeep for the parade. "The jeep is blue so it worked perfectly for us," said Huston. Everyone who normally runs with the Wear Blue: Run to Remember group and those who wanted to help get the work out were invited to join the parade. "We want to make sure all of our fallen heroes are always remembered," said Huston. During their walk in the parade, the Wear Blue: Run to Remember group wore their signature royal blue clothing and handed out fliers inviting the public to join their monthly runs.
While the next monthly run takes place on January 12, 2013 at 9 a.m., Huston and the Wear Blue: Run to Remember group are already preparing for their Memorial Day run as well. The Memorial Day run will take place on May 27, 2013 at the Yelm-Tenino Trail. This past Memorial Day, they had 114 miles pledged and are hoping for even more next year. "We are really hoping that more people come out to join us," said Huston. On the day of the event, the names of fallen soldiers will be read followed by a short prayer. Then participants will run or walk the amount of miles the pledge. Corona Steel of Tacoma has already donated $500 for a bar-b-que lunch to follow the Memorial Day Wear Blue: Run to Remember event.
For the Huston family, the monthly Wear Blue: Run to Remember runs hold a special place in their heart, sadly because many of the names on the list of fallen soldiers are the names of their close friends. The motto of Wear Blue: Run to Remember is to run for the Fallen, for the Fighting, and for the Families. For Huston, bringing the Wear Blue: Run to Remember organization to Yelm was never about recognition for herself. "If I get one or two new runners, then I've done what I set out to do," Huston said. "I've helped spread the word about remembering our fallen in our own community."