Join the Grand Rapids community to honor the brave and amazing life of one of our own. The 2nd annual David Warsen Legacy 5K Run / Hero Walk is schedule for August 9th, 2014, at East Kentwood High School to honor the Amazing Life of Navy SEAL SO2, David Warsen.
Warsen, a 2004 East Kentwood graduate and proud member of SEAL Team THREE, was killed in Afghanistan on August 16, 2012, along with 10 other service members, six from the United States & four from Afghanistan, after their UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter was shot down by enemy fire. His memory is kept alive through the David Warsen Legacy foundation – established by his mother, Patty Vroon-Frank, fiancé Karlyn Deveau, and cousin Sarah Johnson.
New to this year’s event, the Hero Walk will also be held within the East Kentwood football stadium and is featuring a ‘Field of Flags’ to honor fallen heroes, while photos and custom banners will recognize veterans, those who are currently serving, and the fallen. Submissions can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, thru July 29th. The Michigan Military Memorial Wall, honoring those lost in the Vietnam War in addition to the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars will also be on display.
You can sign up for both the Run and Hero Walk by visiting: http://www.davidwarsenlegacy.com – to ensure you get a Limited Edition Race T-Shirt, do so prior to August 2nd. Registration will be available thru 8:30am the day of the race. Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30am, with the run/walk shortly following at 10am, and closing ceremonies culminating in a balloon sendoff at 11:11am. Participants are also invited to join the “after-party” at Peppino’s South from 11:30am to 4pm for food, drinks, and live entertainment. Admission to the Peppino’s South “after-party” which includes lunch and soda/water is $10.00 for adults, $5.00 for kids 4-12, and free for children under the age of 3. Award winning blues artist and Kentwood resident, Hank Mowery, will be entertaining from 1pm – 3pm, while attendees bid on a wide range of silent auction items, including autographed items for fans of Michigan State, Michigan, Detroit Red Wings, and items donated by many local companies.
Come join us in not only celebrating David’s legacy, but the legacy of all our local heroes – a demonstration of the strength and commitment within our community. For more information on this event or to make donations to the David Warsen Legacy, please visit our website http://www.davidwarsenlegacy.com.
DATE: August 9th, 2014
LOCATION: East Kentwood High School
TIME: Opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30am
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