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Walking to honor hundreds of fallen soldiers

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CARTERVILLE (WSIL) -- With the coronavirus pandemic in full swing, local organizations had to change how they honor our fallen soldiers.

This year, the service at Cannon Park in Carterville included walking laps.

850 names of fallen soldiers were put together by the city and for each name, a lap was walked.

Many people stopped by to donate laps to help mark off those hundreds of names.

Veteran Tom Harness said, ""Even though we don't have the beautiful flags that everybody loves lining the paths here in Carterville, we do have pride in knowing we can come up with something to still honor them and get people out and involved."

The main goal was to remember and honor those fallen service men and women.

"These people have fought for our freedoms, and regardless of everything going on right now..We still have those freedoms. So we need to honor those people who have fought for us throughout history," said Austin Crabb.

Harnes tells News 3 the walk ended around 7 p.m. More than 75 walkers/runners made 850 laps throughout the day. Those efforts totaled 425 miles.

Kenzie Dillow

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