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Cross Country Run For Soldiers Comes To Ottawa

Posted by wlpo on August 26, 2010

A cross-country run to support soldiers killed in Iraq has come to La Salle County.

Retired Postal Clerk and Army Veteran Mike Ehredt is on a 45 hundred mile jog from Astoria, Oregon to Rockland, Maine.  Yesterday, he began his latest stretch in Sublette and jogged along Route 52 before stopping overnight in Ottawa after coming in on Route 23.  After running 30 miles Wednesday, Ehredt plans to run to Streator today before resting up.  He runs about 30 miles each day of his trek.

Along the way, Ehredt is placing flags every mile with a yellow ribbon that bears the name, rank, service, age and hometown of soldiers killed in battle.  The flags are going in reverse chronological order by date of death.

So far, Ehredt has placed flags in Carroll, Iowa for Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Thomas Hull of Princeton, in Kearney, Nebraska for Army Reserve Sergeant Joshua Terando of Morris and in Chadwick, Illinois for Marine Corporal Jonathon Beatty of Streator.

You can follow Ehredt’s progress by going to

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