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Dozens run for fallen soldiers in Post Falls

Published On: Aug 03 2013 07:54:32 PM CDT   Updated On: Aug 03 2013 08:32:01 PM CDT
Dozens run for fallen soldiers in Post Falls

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll in North Idaho with 89 local soldiers killed in action since 2001.

On Saturday, dozens of people honored those lives in the third annual Run for the Fallen in Post Falls.

"To me it's really powerful to see all the people here honoring and remembering all the soldiers lost," said Theresa Hart.

Hart, who helped organize the annual walk/run, knows first hand the heartache of losing a loved one.

In 2011, Hart's son, 20-year-old Spc. Nick Newby was killed in Iraq. He was 10 months in to a 12 month deployment when he died.

"I still don't really believe it. It's been a really fast two years and I just wake up in the morning and get re-shocked everyday that it's really real," said Hart.

Hart said she finds strength being around other people who are going through the same thing.

"It's a lot of love and a lot of support," she said.

John and Stacey Holley walked around the Post Falls High School track Saturday to honor their son, Army Spc. Matt Holley who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

"He was one of four killed in his humvee that day, one young man survived," said John Holley.

After their son's death, John and Stacey pushed through a law that changed how a soldier's remains are returned to their family. The couple was outraged when they learned their son was being flown home on a commercial plane and treated as cargo. Now, when a soldier's remains are returned home they are flown aboard charter jets and met by an honor guard at the tarmac.

John said he is now carrying the American Flag for his son.

"That's what we are left with, we are just carrying the flag forward and helping people as we go," he added.