FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) - An Army major plans to run 31 miles this weekend in a test of physical endurance to honor 10 soldiers who died under his command in Iraq.
Maj. Cedric Burden will attempt on Saturday to run the equivalent of five kilometers for each of the soldiers who died from 2005 to 2006 while he was commander of an infantry company. He thinks it will take him six hours to complete the run in suburban Kansas City, which he timed to mark the Sept. 11 attacks.
Burden says he keeps in contact with the families of the nine men and one female who died under his command.
Patricia Flanagan of Inverness, Fla., lost her son, Sgt. Dennis Flanagan, in a bomb blast. She says Burden's gesture is appreciated by the families.
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