9/11 Heroes Run
Travis Manion Foundation
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In Honor of Those Who Serve & Those Who Have Fallen
September 11, 2011 was the first annual Heroes Run. The race began at 9:03 AM, the time the South Tower was attacked. 10 years ago.
Mayor Annise Parker, Police Chief Charles McClelland, Houston Fire Chief Terry Garrison, numerous Navy, Marine, Army, Coast Guard personnel, General Wells and Col. Tom Manion were in attendance at Ellington Field.
I am proud to say that the Travis Manion Foundation 5K run was being run all over the world. In the USA, San Diego was ahead of Houston but in the end, Houston came out on top with the most donations and the most runners. We are proud of all participants but we are also proud of Lone Star Chevrolet and Ron Craft Chevrolet for sponsoring the Houston 5K run. Chevrolet as a company was the sponsor of this Heroes Run nationally. I just had a visit from Captain Greg Fremin of HPD and he just informed me that they anticipated about 400 people in attendance and in the end over 4000 people were there! That's why we love Texas and love Houston in particular.
The Travis Manion Foundation was created by the family of 1st LT. Travis Manion to honor his memory and giving in his short life. Travis was killed by a sniper in Fallujah several years ago. When Travis' mother asked why he was going back to Iraq for the second time, Travis replied "If not me, then who?" Travis joined the Marines immediately following the 9-11 attacks.
Inspired by Travis's words, over 4000 people in Houston were present to honor our fallen heroes.
Thank you Houston!
Carolyn Cross, General Manager - Lone Star Chevrolet
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