Naval ROTC runs at Raccoon River Park to remember fallen comrades


Logan Kahler/Iowa State Daily

A participant in the Navy Remembrance Run finishes in the Raccoon River Park, West Des Moines, Sunday morning. The 5k run was to memorialize veterans who were lost at war.

Eric Wirth

On a beautiful Sunday, members of Iowa State’s Naval ROTC were at Raccoon River Park for a cause.

On Sept. 27, midshipmen from Iowa State were running the sixth Annual Iowa Remembrance Run. The 5k is a fundraiser for the families of Iowa service members who were casualties of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation New Dawn. 

Those who attended paid out of pocket for the experience, with fees ranging between $20-30. All money raised goes to fund the Annual Retreat for Iowa Families of Fallen Service Members put on by Iowa Survivor Outreach Services.

“It shows us just how much of a family the military is and that they take care of their own. Even the family and friends of the fallen and wounded,” said Lisa Freeman, senior in aerospace engineering.