Saturday, May 5th is the 7th Annual Walk to Remember, through the hills of the beautiful Weston Bend State Park in Weston Mo. The 5k walk is to commemorate the fallen servicemen from MO and KS that have been lost in the War on Terror and to generate financial support for the bronze Battlefield Cross statues to be given to the families of the fallen as a measure of honor for their sacrifices. The Battlefield Cross was born on the battlefield as a way for soldiers to pay homage to their fallen brothers and sisters.
Colby Farnan, the son of Pat and Deann Farnan paid the ultimate price in time of war in February of 2005. The idea was developed by Kristen Farnan and the Walk to Remember was born as a tribute to Colby's memory but quickly evolved into an event of significantly larger magnitude.
After seeing a Battlefield Cross on the internet, Kristen was moved to do more.
I want people to remember Colby and all the soldiers who died there (in Iraq). I told Dad we had to get one of these for him. Then I thought about all the other soldiers and wished I could get one for all of them. That’s when I decided I had to come up with a way to make enough to buy the memorials for more than just Colby. Buying one for all the soldiers who have died (over 2400) would be a big undertaking, so I decided to start with Missouri and Kansas.
Registration is $30.00 and includes a commemorative t-shirt. Checks may be made payable to American Legion Post 501 and can be sent to the Bank of Weston, 18255 North 45 Highway, Weston, Mo. 64098 Attn: Walk to Remember.
The Walk to Remember motorcycle pre-ride is planned for the morning of May 5th with kick stands up from the Riverside Red-X at 8:30 am. This event draws over 100 riders each year and is magnificent in its presentation of color and sound. It's truly something to see and if you ride, you definitely want to be a part of this event.
Sources have stated that this may be the last Walk to Remember so if you've procrastinated in the past concerning attending, you simply must clear your calendar for this year's event. If you're an interested party in developing a committee to continue the great work financed by the Walk to Remember please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Past Battlefield Cross Escort by the IOMC: