The Mission this year is twofold.
Runners are raising funds to assist and support initiatives and programming for veterans and the families of veterans. This includes monthly breakfast-roundtables, the veterans food pantry, bolstering the attendance and theme of the Memorial Day parade and the Veterans’ Day ceremony, continued beautification and care for the designated veterans memorials and burial lots at the cemetery and to provide fun field trips and excursions that build and support camaraderie.
Newton also has dedicated runners that aim to raise awareness for veteran PTSD and the suicide epidemic that 22 veterans commit suicide every day. This year Jonathan Parisi and Shannon Babul are running in honor and remembrance of Jonathans’ father Sgt. Maj. Todd M. Parisi.