H-SANTA MARIA

Nov 11, 2012 7:59 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Local mom hosts event to remember son, other fallen heroes

A local mom is doing her part to remember her son and other fallen heroes this Veterans Day.

For three years now, Monica Diaz has hosted the Run to Remember at the Santa Maria High School track.

Her son, Corporal Joseph Heredia of the U.S. Marine Corps, was killed in 2004.

Sundays event is 19 hours long, from 5 a.m. to midnight, to remember the 19 marines who were killed on the same tour as her son.

When participants arrive, small index cards are available for them to take.

The cards have a picture of a fallen soldier, with their biography on the back.

Participants are then encouraged to reflect on that person for every mile walked or ran.

Diaz said some people have come out and done eight miles, so they had eight cards and were reflecting on eight different people while they were on the track.

She said that while the cards they had available were of local service men and women, some people brought their own, even dating back to the Vietnam War.

"These are just local ones that we have picked, but they're all important. They're all important fallen heroes, so we honor them all, from past wars to present wars."

Diaz says she hopes that they are able to go through the entire stack of cards at Sunday's event.

Among the participants were people from Santa Maria, Lompoc, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, and several local high schools.

The run wraps up Sunday at midnight.

All donations will go to operation Silver Star.

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