FORT HOOD - Friends and families of fallen Fort Hood soldiers gathered Friday morning to honor their loved ones memory and to support the families still mourning. It's all in preparation for the annual Fort Hood Fisher House Remembrance Run taking place Saturday morning.
Volunteers spent the morning placing over 7 thousand boots along the roads people will run during tomorrow's event. Each boot has a picture of a fallen service member and information about who they were and when they passed.
Theresa Johnson who runs the Fort Hood Fisher House and is overseeing tomorrow's run says she hopes it will bring the military community closer together.
"It just strikes a different cord with you and hopefully makes you feel very grateful that we do have these people who have signed up to serve knowing that they can lose their life" says Johnson.
One father has a more permanent way to remember his fallen soldier, a bench that's now a part of Fort Hood's foundation for many years to come. While his son died 9 years ago the father still struggles with the devastation.
"He's my only blood son. You know these guys they're not just names, they're kids and dads" says Ray Pope, Father of a fallen service member.
Another family says their son was killed overseas by small arms fire in 2008. The family traveled to Fort Hood all the way from Arizona for this years event, they say it helps keep their soldiers memory alive.
"It's not just a boot and a picture and a flag, it's a person and they gave their life for us along with our son" says James Vaughn, Father of fallen service member.
The Remembrance Run is taking place Saturday November 5th beginning at 8 am on Sadowski Field at Fort Hood. The event is free and open to the public. The boots will be on display at Sadowski Field through November 14th.