A name behind the flag. As Mike Ehredt is well within his second week of running for Project America Run, we have been keeping track of his progress through social media, blogs and social maps. Every so often a flag is planted, we check to see who it is remotely from our computers and give a brief moment of silence and thought as to the loss that one must have felt from this soldier, this husband or child. The flags that Mike Ehredt is planting are a mind blowing realization of how many we have lost in this war. As the flags canvas the landscape, by the end of the run, Over 2000 flags will be places representing only a few of the soldiers that we have lost in the war in Afghanistan. A running memorial that spans the width of the U.S, All done by the footwork of one man.
I took a moment to reflect on today’s flag Friday Sept 7, 2012. The flag of Fallen Army Staff Sgt. Joshua R. Whitaker was placed on U.S. Route 63, near Red Wing, Minnesota. Sgt. Whitaker was a green beret and died in Afghanistan. He was a resident of Long Beach, California and had always talked about joining the military, according to his family.
“We were worried, but we knew there was no stopping him,” said his uncle, Robb Whitaker. “He was very, very happy. He felt he finally found his calling.”
In March, the 23-year-old engineer sergeant was deployed to Afghanistan — his first mission since completing his Special Forces training. On Tuesday, Whitaker died in action near Qalat, Afghanistan, from wounds he suffered in a firefight.
Find out more about Sgt. Joshua R. Whitaker here.
If you have the opportunity to visit the Project America Run Map, take some time to learn about a soldier.