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Flags were waved as the runners sprinted to the finish line at the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Flags were waved as the runners sprinted to the finish line at the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Many patriotic Americans came out to watch and participate in the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Many patriotic Americans came out to watch and participate in the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Everyone in the crowd held their hand to their heart or stood at attention during the National Anthem at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Everyone in the crowd held their hand to their heart or stood at attention during the National Anthem at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Everyone in the crowd, including Dathan Nordheim (middle), held their hand to their heart or stood at attention during the National Anthem at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Everyone in the crowd, including Dathan Nordheim (middle), held their hand to their heart or stood at attention during the National Anthem at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Everyone in the crowd held their hand to their heart or stood at attention during the National Anthem at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Everyone in the crowd held their hand to their heart or stood at attention during the National Anthem at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

The fastest racers take off first at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

The fastest racers take off first at the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Emotions ran high for Karen and Curtis Reynolds as they passed by the All Wars Memorial during the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Emotions ran high for Karen and Curtis Reynolds as they passed by the All Wars Memorial during the 28th annual Gate to Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Thais Gutierrez and Matthew Espinoza leap to try and cross the finish line first during the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Thais Gutierrez and Matthew Espinoza leap to try and cross the finish line first during the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Dennis Ruiz Jr., continues his jedi training with his master in tow on his back at the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Dennis Ruiz Jr., continues his jedi training with his master in tow on his back at the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Flags were waved as the runners sprinted to the finish line at the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Flags were waved as the runners sprinted to the finish line at the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)

Joni LaFlamme (left) stops to honor the veterans by placing a flower on the memorial during the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race.  Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)
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Joni LaFlamme (left) stops to honor the veterans by placing a flower on the memorial during the 28th annual Gate-to-Gate Run May 27 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Duke Field team took the “Team Spirit” award and 3rd place in the team run competition of the race. More than 1,500 people participated in the Memorial Day race. Many of the runners paid their respects by dropping off flowers in front of the All Wars Memorial as they raced by. (U.S. Air Force photo/Samuel King Jr.)