After her husband, U.S. Army Captain John Hallett, was killed in Afganistan in 2009, Lisa Hallett began to run with a few friends each Saturday morning, each woman providing support to the rest of the group. “We had this community where we were going to heal together, and that is where ‘Wear Blue’ was born.” said Hallett in an interview.

Hallett stated that her inspiration to start the group “Wear Blue” came from her love and devotion to her husband. She and John Hallet had grown up together and fell in love in high school. “When I was in high school I remember saying, “I am going to marry John Hallett.”

Lisa and John Hallett had three children together, Jackson, Brice, and Heidi. Heidi was born almost immediately after John Hallett deployed to Afganistan. “John called, he said, ‘I never heard her cry,’ and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, don’t worry about it. We have a lifetime for that.'”

Only three weeks later, Lisa Hallett received the news that her husband had been killed. “My world was rocked.”

Soon Hallett’s Saturday morning runs grew to over 10,000 people from across the country, all running to keep their loved ones’ memories alive.

Each “Wear Blue” run, organized by “Wear Blue: Run to Remember,” begins with a list of the names of the military members who died on that same weekend over the last thirteen years. After that, each of the runners shouts out the names of those for whom she or he is personally running.

“They live because ‘Wear Blue’ lives and that is an incredible gift. ‘Wear Blue’ provides the sense that we’re not alone in remembering our service members.” said Hallett.

Jackson Hallett, on one of the recent runs, took part by holding an American flag beside the race course.

Jackson stated, “I am honoring my dad. It’s a happy day and I feel really good.”

A Beaverton resident, Madeleine Cook enjoys a passion for reading, running, and the arts. She is currently studying the Great Books at the University of Notre Dame and is interested in eventually teaching.