The runners you may see crossing northern Illinois this week are taking turns running 6,000 miles across the country. George Lutz founded Honor and Remember which is organizing America’s Run for the Fallen. Every mile or so, runners stop for a ceremony to honor some of the 20,000 service members killed since the U.S.S. Cole bombing in 2000.
You’ll see different numbers of runners at different times. Lutz says they're taking turns resting in the motorcade between stops.
Lutz says anyone can offer support for gasoline, lodging, and other needs online at “www dot honor and remember dot org”. The runners entered Illinois last Thursday after leaving Burlington, Iowa. They went to Galesburg, then to Princeton, and were to stop in Marseilles Monday night after running all day from the Spring Valley area along U.S. 6. Their route is to be on rural highways south of Marseilles and Seneca on to Illinois 113 south of Wilmington and east to Kankakee. Then they'll run to Indiana today.