As Fort Bragg prepares to honor its fallen in sobering ceremonies across post this week, hundreds of soldiers and their families gathered for a celebration of their own.
The 3rd Special Forces Group’s Memorial 5K was the opening salvo of the unit’s efforts to remember its fallen leading up to Memorial Day.
But in remembering, the unit chose to focus not on loss, but on the legacies that remain.
“We’re doing this because the ones we represent can’t,” said Col. Bradley D. Moses, the group commander. “But none of them would trade places with us.”
Moses said the group, which has more than 2,600 soldiers, was a close-knit family.
“All of us do this job because we love it,” he said. “This is the moment in time to honor that. It’s more celebration than race.”