Memorial Day will be very special to me this year.  I will be running through the town where my father served in the Navy and where I started running, about 53 years ago.   

In 1956-1958 Lt Commander Elliott Galloway was stationed at US Naval Station Green Cove Springs, FL, and our family lived on the base.  This was the first time that he had been shore based, as his Naval duty sent him to sea regularly.  My Dad was my hero and I wanted to be a Naval officer when I grew up. My positive experiences during this duty station were a prime influence on my decision to serve in the Navy from 1967-70 off the coast of Vietnam.  

On Monday, May 30th, I'll be running through the streets of Green Cove Springs, again, honoring the service of all who have served and who are currently serving our country.  The event is the Freedom 8K and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Fund.   

I wish my Dad could be running with me.