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Maryland Man’s self-made mission to remember family vets

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Folks all over the region are finding their own ways to honor the men and women who served in the Armed Forces.

One Maryland man did so by running 50 miles from Maryland to D.C., and then back to Maryland.

Cold weather would not keep 63-year-old Fred Trachtman from his one-man mission, running his own 50-mile ultra-marathon.

“When I woke up this morning at 4:30 the current temp was 22,” said Trachtman.

The goal of Trachtman’s run was to honor his father and father in law; Jack Trachtman and Bernie Kline, both veterans of WWII.

Both men have interesting backstories in the Armed Forces.

“My dad, Jack Trachtman, fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was shot and taken prisoner for one week. Then the Allied Forces came and he was released. He never liked talking about it much unless he was with other veterans, people that he knew,” said Trachtman.

“Bernie, he is a veteran of Navy and Army,” said Trachtman. “He was so proud that after he served in the Navy he re-enlisted in the Army because to serve his country and to be with colleagues is something he enjoyed.”

Trachtman got the idea while doing what he loves to do...run.

“A few weeks ago in Brooklyn I did a half marathon, that was 13 miles this is 50,” said Trachtman.

While Trachtman ran to remember his loved ones who passed away in recent years, he also runs in honor of all the men and women who serve their country.

“They’re not here to tell their story and it's a wonderful story of fighting for their country comradery, support and doing something they really loved.

Trachtman said he’s considering making his run an annual tribute.

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