This post is made possible with support from the Wounded Warrior Project. All opinions are my own.
Honoring our veterans is a virtuous trait we strive to instill in our children. After all, our family is a family of veterans; from my grandparents to my father, my husband, and generations before them.
This year, to help our children understand the countless sacrifices veterans have made and appreciate the bravery our military families have exhibited, we participated in the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K, delivered by CSX.
It's not too late to join us in this important mission of honoring and empowering our wounded warriors, and to help raise critical funds for services and resources for wounded veterans so they can live life to the fullest on their terms.
Read our story below to learn why we support the Wounded Warrior Project, who we carry for, and how you can participate in your own Carry Forward 5K before this Veteran's Day.
I Carry For – Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K
The I Carry For… campaign from the Wounded Warrior Project is encouraging families nationwide to compete in a 5K in one of three symbolic ways; carry a flag to show support and patriotism, to carry a weight to represent the responsibilities veterans carry while serving our country, or to carry another person to symbolize one warrior carrying another in their time of need.
Who do we carry for?
The military service runs deep in our family. My husband served in the U.S. Air Force, as did my father who fought in the Vietnam War. While my grandfather served in the Army, fighting in both the Korean War and WWII. My husband's father served in the U.S. Navy, and we have many much extended family currently serving in one of our countries four branches of service.
Our oldest children, our twins, are not quite old enough to serve, but they are old enough to be a cadet in the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a youth leadership development program sponsored by the U.S. Navy.
They both are currently a Chief Petty Officer 3rd Class to become Chief before shortly after their 16th birthday. Best of all, they are learning the highest ideals of honor, respect, commitment, and service, as many of our veterans have throughout their years of service.
Not only do we carry for our family who has served in our armed forces, but we carry for the countless servicemen and women who have returned home with visible and invisible wounds.
Our Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K
The day of our Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Carry Forward 5K was a beautiful day in sunny Southern California as we headed out to the Lang Ranch Open Space in Ventura County to complete our Carry Forward 5K.
We hiked, ran, and walked the trails in support of those who have fought for us. Our twins even carried our younger children throughout much of the trail reflecting on how veterans have carried one another in their time of need.
At the end of our Carry Forward 5K, the kids all received their Carry Forward 5K medal commemorating their accomplishment.
As I mentioned earlier, it's not too late to take part in your own Carry Forward 5K. You can even save $5 off registration for the Jacksonville 5K and Virtual events with promo code: ICARRY5 (Code expires 11/30/20.)