HOUSTON- Thousands of Houstonians gathered at Ellington Airport for the 6th Annual Travis Manion Foundation 9/11 Heroes Run, honoring police, fire, military, and first responders… heroes in uniform.
The Houston run is the largest in the U.S. and benefits the Houston Professional Firefighter’s Association, Assist the Officer and the Travis Manion Foundation, whose mantra is, “Honor the fallen by challenging the living.” http://www.local341.org/ http://www.assisttheofficer.com/ http://www.travismanion.org/
“My brother was known for 5 words before he left to Iraq, “If not me, then who” So as you get out there and run, know that you’re running not just for yourself, but you’re running for all of those men and women who have served and sacrificed for us” said Travis Manion’s sister, Ryan.
The Houston Police Department’s Acting Chief Martha Montalvo agrees and adds, “It’s also an opportunity to recognize and give respect and honor to law enforcement and all first responders.”
Elizabeth Gonzalez attended because, “It just shows our support that we’re out here, and we’re letting them know that we appreciate everything that they do and we care them.” “I’m not a morning person at all, but I absolutely love doing this every year- I look forward to it actually” said Brehania Lewis who’d already run the 5K by the time we spoke with her. Tito Resendiz was enjoying all the good vibes, “This event just brings awareness, and it’s really a great experience to be out here with all these different people from all walks of life.” Anissa Testaverde was there to “rep” the Air Force, and “to remember the fallen heroes- all the firefighters, all the police and all the people that were killed on 9/11.”
“Never forget!” shouts a small group of Houston Police Explorers.
Another reminder, freedom is NOT free.