Dozens of people turned out to walk in the ninth and final Fallen Soldier March in Lebanon Friday.
Master Sgt. Jim Williams said Friday’s event was the last he plans to organize.
“It just seemed like a good point to come to an end with it,” said Williams.
Williams began the march as the sole participant nine years ago after he returned from Iraq.
He realized lives continued to go on without recognizing soldiers fighting for the U.S. across the globe, so he set out to remind the citizens of Lebanon of soldiers’ sacrifices.
Carrying an American flag, Williams set out to walk nine miles across Lebanon in remembrance of the first nine soldiers from Tennessee killed.
In following years, the number of walkers increased from one to 40 to 250 participants in the most recent years.
Between 50 and 60 walkers showed up at the Lebanon Armory to join the 9-mile trek.
“Most of them will walk the full nine miles,” said Williams.
In Lebanon, fundraising efforts to support soldiers and their families have paralleled the march, but this year no donations were accepted.
Friday’s march was open to anyone, and walkers of all ages and occupations joined the group as it made its way across Lebanon to end at the Wilson County Fairgrounds just in time for the opening of the fair.
To see photos from the event, click here.