2nd Annual Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Run/Walk/Ride

In the spring of 2010, staff of MarineParents.com formed their very own team to participate on behalf of Team Marine Parents™ and accomplish a two-part mission—to raise money and awareness for the Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Foundation and to get involved in the community and support a local event by walking in the 2nd Annual Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Run/Walk/Ride on May 8, 2010.

We're pleased to report the Marine Parents staff completed their mission. On the day of the run/walk/ride, they presented a check for just over $500 to Gold Star Mother and longtime Marine Parents supporter Sandy Deraps for her son's scholarship foundation. Shortly thereafter, the day's memorial event kicked off with a humble ceremony that surely moved all in attendance.

Nearly 400 participants came out that morning to honor the memory of Lance Corporal Leon Deraps, as well as the countless other men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice and given their lives in defense of our nation. Attendees included Marines from the University of Missouri, Marine veterans, Patriot Guard Riders, members of Leon's family, and members of many other Marine families.

The scenic route of the 5 mile run/walk/ride offered breathtaking views of rural Missouri and one gentleman chose to cover the route riding a horse, rather than a bike, which added even more flavor to the day's event.

The Marine Parents staff was honored to join in such an important and moving event and look forward to participating in this event in the years to come.

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