There is an incredible story of friendship that can be found at Arlington National Cemetery. It is the story of Travis Manion and Brendan Looney. The two were roommates at the Naval Academy and became the best of friends.
Sadly, we lost both warriors in war. Looney, a SEAL was killed in action in 2010 and laid to rest at Arlington. Manion was killed by a sniper three years before. His family knew the two would want to be together and the Manion family made the decision to move Travis’ body from Pennsylvania to Virginia so the two could rest in peace together.
One of their Academy classmates said in an interview once that they were the two best men he had ever known. The Travis Manion Foundation encompasses that loyalty and commitment to serve the military community and all who wear the uniform of our proud United States military, as well as first responders.
You can help contribute to the Travis Manion Foundation and have a great time on Sept. 9 at Mt. Trashmore in Virginia Beach. NewsChannel 3 is proud to have a team in the Heroes Run 5K and one-mile fun run. I really hope you all will join us, especially since something was brought to my attention this week.
There in only one command, four-man military team signed up for this race. This is a race that helps the community we all serve in, so I am kind of surprised about that. I know, in my now 13 years as a Navy spouse, I have come across families in need or a vet who could use an extra hand when it comes to getting out of a depression, or seeking help for PTSD. This race allows you to help those in tough situations, as well as honor the fallen. We all know too well the struggles their families face after they are gone. Furthermore, as a military team it only costs $20! Wear your gear, show your command pride and help those in your community.
Need more motivation? Let’s share the competition side of things. Right now the Virginia Beach race stands in 2nd place for most involvement and number of participants signed up. There is no reason we can’t be No. 1! Let’s do this!
The Foundation has a slogan, “If not me than who?” and I think that is something we should ask ourselves. How hard can it be to come walk, or run, and spend time with your friends or family? I sure hope to see you there.
For more information on the 9/11 Heroes Run in Virginia Beach visit http://bit.ly/QKgIhm.
You can catch Bianca Martinez anchoring the 4 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts with Kurt Williams during the work week. You can also follow her laughter, stress and tears as a military wife in her blog, "Married to the Military," weekly in the Flagship. Reach out to Bianca at email@example.com.