Almost 500 citizens gathered in front of Saint Francis School in Iota Saturday morning in memory of Corporal Matthew Richard who lost his life in Afghanistan in June of 2011
Corporal Richard was just twenty one years old lost his life while serving his country. On Saturday, at the second annual Memorial 5K run, supporters gathered to run in his memory and in the memory of other fallen soldiers
"Our hope and our dream is that our son is never forgotten. So whenever someone comes in and goes hey I went to the Matthew Richard Memorial Run, that's what our goal is. We want people to remember who he was and not just him" said Jeff Richard
The funds gathered from the 5k's registration fees will go to the Matthew Richard Scholarship for Iota High students. And since Matthew's passing, the Richards try to do as much as they can for others.
"We've donated to the Wounded Warrior, Simper Fi Fund, different organizations that support our men and women who are still in the armed forces" said Alicia Richard.
The crowd grew from last year and runners included those who knew Matthew best and for a family who still sheds tears for their son, seeing the community takes steps to remember him, helps them take steps to heal.
"They are not forgetting Matthew. They are not forgetting the sacrifice of all men and women in service and it's good to know because sometimes we go about our daily lives and we forget that the things that we do are because of those men and women" " said Alicia Richard.