Congratulations to everyone who took part in this year's K.I.A. Memorial Road march.  You helped to gather and donate around 20,000 pounds of food for veterans and their families here in Western New York!

How incredible is that?

Congratulations also to the executive director of the march, Sergeant Major Jason Jaskula and his team of incredible volunteers who helped to organize and execute this incredible run.

If you've never seen this event, you need to.  It's a challenging 10k run through Chestnut Ridge Park where marchers carry food in rucksacks that then gets donated to food pantries here in Western New York that service veterans and their families.

This year, there was also a very special presentation to a man named Josh Kelly.

A few years ago, Josh's dad's lighter was found here in Western new York by Jerry Jerozal.  Jerry looked to Jim Jaskula to help him find the owner upon seeing that it was inscribed with a map of Vietnam.

After years of searching (and almost giving up), Jim's son Jason took to social media to find him.  And they did.

With the help of the KIA Memorial Road March funds, Josh was flown here from Arkansas to be presented with a piece of his dad's history.  It was very touching to see this man reunited with a piece of his dad again.

Think you could pull your weight at the KIA Memorial Road March?  Follow them on facebook to find out more information on next year's race!

Once again, congratulations to everyone who participated.  You're incredible.

 

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