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Fallen Soldiers March Takes Final Trek

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by Adam Ghassemi

LEBANON, Tenn. Every summer they come here to fight through the tears while names are read from a list no one wants their loved one to be on.

Master Sgt. James Williams has a 25-year career with the Tennessee Army National Guard, but one of his biggest accomplishments started back in 2004 when he returned from Iraq.

"One day I just picked up a flag and a ruck sack and walked nine miles to honor the first nine soldiers that passed away from Tennessee," Williams said.

Every year since, the Fallen Soldiers March has attracted more and more people to join him. Even if the War on Terror has made the list of names grow to 138. Williams said this year is more special because they didn't have any new names to add of Tennessee service members killed in action.

"We want to show those guys that we haven't forgotten them and we appreciate the sacrifice they gave," said Sgt. 1st Class Michael Stanley.

A group of soldiers, families and friends left the armory Friday brining parts of Lebanon to stop. They had plenty of people on the side of the road to show they care.The annual march snakes nine miles through town, and eventually ends at the Wilson County Fair.

It's become a tradition nine years running, but 2013 will be its last.

"The first nine soldiers that passed away. It's in its ninth year. We march nine miles. It just seemed like a good way to culminate things, to end things," Williams went on to say.

It started out as just a one-person march, but turned into something much larger with the same message. They won't forget those who gave their lives for our country.

"This is all about respecting them and respecting their families," Williams said.

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