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Second annual Matthew Freeman 5K set for Friday at J.F. Gregory Park
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The second annual Capt. Matthew Freeman 5K Run/Walk for Peace is set for 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at J.F. Gregory Park in Richmond Hill.

In addition to the run/walk, Veterans Day events will include inflatables for kids, breakfast and lunch, an awards ceremony at 10:30 a.m. and a Richmond Hill Veterans Day program at 11:00 a.m.

Proceeds from the event will benefit The Matthew Freeman Project: Pens and Paper for Peace, an initiative inspired by Richmond Hill hometown hero U.S. Marine Corps Capt. Matthew Freeman, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2009.

Shortly before making the ultimate sacrifice for freedom, Freeman called his mother, Lisa, a 30-year veteran Richmond Hill schoolteacher, and said, "Mom, the kids would rather have pens and paper more than anything, even food or water. Would you please start a collection and send them to me?"

"The amazing thing about Matthew's call was that he had only been in Afghanistan for a week," said Lisa Freeman, who founded The Matthew Freeman Project. "He had an amazing capacity - the vision to see what was needed - and then do whatever was required to meet the need. Now it's up to us to realize his vision. "

To date, more than 2 tons of school supplies have been delivered by U.S. service members to children in Afghanistan and Iraq. This effort helps children continue their education and improve literacy, and it fosters a positive environment that promotes communities of promise, prosperity and peace.

Registration forms and other event details are listed at and

For more information, call Bonnie Proctor at 912-658-5937 or email


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