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Veteran runs cross-country for soldiers killed in Afghanistan

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An Idaho veteran has gotten himself in shape, laced up his shoes and hit the pavement running for a cause close to his heart.

In August, Mike Ehredt began running at the border of Canada. He isn't taking a day to rest until he arrives in the Gulf of Mexico. Ehredt said he's doing it to honor those men and women killed in Afghanistan while serving the country.

"A mother once told me that her biggest fear was that her son would not be remembered," Ehredt said. "It re-instilled in me that we should never forget any generation that's made sacrifices for our country."

Tuesday morning, Ehredt started in Hopkinsville and came running toward Clarksville. Each mile on his run, he has planted a flag dedicated to a specific soldier who died in Afghanistan.

"I have 81 consecutive days of marathons," Ehredt said. "Right now, all the casualties are up to 2,128. I'll do 2,128 miles, and finish on the gulf of Mexico in Galvaston on Nov. 11, Veterans Day."

"Somebody needs to stand up for the soldiers who've passed away over there, and the families back here have a hard job," said veteran Dennis Williams as he watched Ehredt run by.

"I absolutely love every day," Ehredt said. "It's a unique experience, seeing the world and the country in a unique way and sharing it with a name on a flag." 

This is the second time Ehredt has run cross-country for the troops. In 2010, he ran from Oregon to Maine planting more than 4,000 flags for the men and women lost in Iraq.

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