Journey to honor fallen Arizona service members ends in Phoenix

PHOENIX - It's been 10 years since the beginning of the War on Terror and since then Arizona has lost more than 100 servicemen and women.

On Sunday their sacrifice was honored in a special way.

Runners completed the last steps of a 146 mile journey, a team of 20 active-duty military members arriving at the state capitol Sunday afternoon.

They completed a run from Tucson, stopping every mile along the way to honor fallen Arizona servicemen and women.

Along the route a flag was placed for every life lost in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation New Dawn.

George Lutz's son was one of them. That led him to create Honor and Remember, the group that sponsored the run.

Lutz says the goal is to recognize the sacrifice of Arizona's fallen military heroes and their families.

"To meet their families and to meet other patriots along the way was truly a phenomenal journey," Lutz said.

The runners were greeted at the finish line at Wesley Bolin Plaza by Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

A crowd then listened as the names of those honored were read aloud.

Families and friends of those honored say they are so grateful.

"They've given three days of their life, their work, their families, everything, to honor all of our fallen soldiers and we are so grateful for them," said Goldie Murphy, the mother of a fallen soldier.

Honor and Remember plans to make this an annual event here in Arizona and is hoping to have even greater participation next year.

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