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      Community remembers fallen soldier

      As many across the nation are remembering those men and women who have served our country, so were residents of Delta county.

      Monday morning, hundreds gathered to honor one of their own--fallen Army Specialist Joseph Micks. They did so by running in the 6th Annual Run for Joe in Rapid River.

      A record number of 310 people, ran and walked in honor of Joseph Micks. Micks was an Army Specialist who passed away in 2006 during his last tour in Iraq.

      The run is a way to remember who he was by doing what he loved.

      "We thought, how fitting for Memorial Day to remember him with a race he used to run, and it's just exploded," said Amy Micks, Joseph's mother.

      Throughout the years the number of participants keeps growing. Many people have been doing this 5k run/walk since it originally started.

      "We should always honor our veterans all the time, but this is a good way to get out and show it," said Karen Martinson, runner.

      Some were paying tribute to a loved one in the military as well. All agreed it's important to continue thanking those who have served for everything they have given us.

      "They are our freedom, they are our way of life today in America. There's nowhere in the world like this. It's good to see so many people here; I heard there was like 300 and something," said Steve Cole, runner.

      All funds raised will go to maintaining The Lest They Be Forgotten Memorial as well as next year's run. David Partyka won the men's race and Leigna Woelffer won the women's division.