Posters honoring 71 New Hampshire heroes who have died in the War on Terror lined a rock wall at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye for the Run for the Fallen New Hampshire Sunday. (JASON SCHREIBER PHOTO)
Families of fallen soldiers find comfort in annual run
His father and grandfather were among those who served.
On Sunday, 18 members of that family gathered at Odiorne Point State Park wearing matching shirts bearing his name, his picture, and the message, "Gone But Not Forgotten."
More than 700 runners and walkers and some 300 family members of the 71 New Hampshire veterans killed in the War on Terror participated in the 3rd annual Run for the Fallen New Hampshire.
Family members also sat next to the posters of their loved ones and greeted the runners and walkers who stopped briefly to thank them for their sacrifice.
Thibodeau, 29, grew up in Marlborough and was killed in a helicopter crash during combat operations in Afghanistan in 2011.
"I think it's wonderful to honor all of the servicemen," Dinwoodie said after hugging family members wearing shirts in memory of Army Spc. Justin R. Pellerin, a 21-year-old soldier from Boscawen killed in Afghanistan in 2009.
This was the first year Sandy Rosenberg of Berlin attended the run in memory of her son, 23-year-old Army Sgt. Randy S. Rosenberg, who died in a roadside bombing in Iraq in 2004.
Tanya Rosenberg, 24, was a freshman in high school when her brother died.
"It didn't seem real for so long and now that I'm older, it's almost harder," she said.
Mary Dennehy, 17, of Bow, came to run for her father, Army Maj. James W. Dennehy of Salisbury.
"I just like coming to honor him and I'm a runner," Mary said.