11-year-old Malachi Jensen, an Atwater Police Cadet, pauses his duty of posting flags along the race course to watch the Army color guard march past on their way to the podium just prior to the opening ceremony at the Run for The Fallen event. The annual memorial gathering was held in Merced at Applegate Park on Saturday morning. The event includes prayers, speeches, music, remembrances, as well as a 4.2 mile run/walk that is intended to honor and commemorate service men and women especially those who have lost their lives from the local area. Event organizers estimated that there were about 1,000 participants at this year’s Run For The Fallen.
CHARLES GUEST/CGUEST@LOSBANOSENT — Merced Sun-Star