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Run for the Fallen at Walmart DC

Written By The Mountain Eagle on 7/3/24 | 7/3/24

The Honor Guard among other organizations came out to show their support

“Honor & Remember Flag” was presented to the Biela Family who lost their son during his active duty.

Walmart DC employees grilled up quite the BBQ for runners post ceremony

By Alexis Pencar

SHARON SPRINGS — The New York Run for the Fallen made a stop on Day 3 at the Walmart DC in Sharon Springs! This is a 200+ mile, 4 day relay run across New York State to honor military service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

This devoted group of Veteran runners came through Sharon Springs on the afternoon of June 8th and were graciously welcomed to the front lawn of the Walmart DC #6041 for a ceremony with a BBQ dinner following! This event was made possible by Walmart Associates, volunteers, and members of the community! 

The local Walmart DC takes the responsibility of being a stop on the trail of the New York Run for the Fallen very seriously, providing quite the event for all! This was the 8th year the local DC showed their support through participation!

The event was on the afternoon of Saturday June 8th, with the arrival of the veterans around 4:30 PM at the Sharon Springs Central School for the Gold Star Family Mile. They then finished at the Walmart DC entrance around 5:00 PM.

Prior to the arrival of the runners, throughout the whole afternoon, Walmart Associates and volunteers were continuously reading the list of names of the New York Fallen Soldiers. By reading the names of fallen soldiers, this ensures that they will never be forgotten. Those being remembered were Active Duty of any branch of the Military and died as a result of active duty (combat, disease, suicide).

During this ceremony with guest speakers, the “Honor & Remember Flag” was presented to a Gold Star Family - the Biela’s, who lost their son CDT Shannon Biela, while he was serving his country.

This moving ceremony was finished up with 22 push-ups to recognize Veteran Suicide with the whole crowd participating. Walmart DC employees were ready to go with a full BBQ prepared that included hot dogs, hamburgers, grilled chicken, and all the fixings!

According to New York Run for the Fallen, “Although this is a visible run to honor and remember each fallen hero from the current conflicts, the total run from the Honor the Mountain Monument in Watertown to the Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville represents every service member from New York who laid down their life for freedom's cause. Thousands have sacrificed to preserve our way of life. And as we give tribute to these heroes, we also remember all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice throughout history.” 

For more details and updates on the New York Run for the Fallen, please visit

The New York Run for the Fallen is just a fraction of the good work our local Walmart #6041 does. This organization has positively influenced the local community for many years and is an employment backbone providing great opportunity for many. Interested in joining the Walmart DC team? Visit for more information!

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