Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dave's Run - Run to Remember

On Saturday, June 9, we honored the memory of our fallen hero, Captain John David Hortman. I have written about David in a previous post, 

David was involved, first in high school and then throughout his college and post-college years, with Boys State. In honor of David, Palmetto Boys State, the SC branch, organized the first annual Dave's Run. The run could not have turned out better. It was well-organized, the weather was perfect, the course a good one and most of all, David's memory was truly honored.

Following the race, Stan, our friends, Michael and Adonia, and I provided lunch for David's family and his fellow brothers who traveled to be with us. In preparation for lunch, I made the wreath on the door out of netting cut in to two inch strips, wrapped them around a foam wreath and tied the strips in to knots.

I dyed rice with vinegar and food coloring using the tutorial found My friends, Adonia and Janice, helped load the Mason jars with the colored rice. We used pint size jars with a candle in the top and placed on each side of a quart jar. The quart jar was layered with rice and we added 4 flags for the center piece on each table. We set up 4 canopies with table and chairs for an outdoor lunch.

David's mom had given Stan David's motorcycle as a thank you for all my husband did for her and the family. Boys State requested he lead the run on the motorcycle. Once Stan made it around the course with the lead runner, he jumped off the bike and stripped down to his running clothes underneath and ran the course.

My daughter,Hanna, husband, Stan, David's friend, Shane, Cody, my son and his girlfriend, Kristin, following the race. They are all hot and sweaty but so glad to have been part of this tribute.

David's friends and Stan following the race.

David's family with Stan. His mom, Brenda, sister, Jill, and niece, Kenna.

Stan with Doug, one of Boys State staff and a force behind the race. Doug has become a dear friend to us over the last 9 months. He and David met when David was in high school and Doug was starting his role as staff.

Lunch time.

Boys State had a ceremony to open their week on Sunday evening. Part of that ceremony was a tribute to David and a revealing of a memorial flag that is being flown all week.

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  1. It looks like such a great celebration of his life. It's nice to see so many smiles :).

    1. Thanks, Mareth. It was a beautiful weekend and we were so thankful to be able to participate in each step.

  2. What a great tribute! Love the mason jars - so cute! Thanks for sharing at the Pomp Party! Pinning to our Pomp Party board!

    Jill @ Create.Craft.Love.

    1. Jill, thank you so much. We had a wonderful time preparing lunch and decorations for these special guys. :)


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