A reception will be held for Mike Ehredt of Project America Run at 5 p.m. Friday at Clatsop Post 12 American Legion, 1132 Exchange St. This event is open to the public.
Ehredt, a U.S. Army veteran and postal clerk from Driggs, Idaho, will run more than 4,300 miles to honor the fallen men and women of the Iraq War. With a reverse chronological order of the fatalities, he will begin in the Pacific Northwest and place a flag with each soldier's name every mile along the roads he travels until his journey is complete in Maine.
The run will start at 8 a.m. Saturday at the beach at the Peter Iredale in Fort Stevens State Park. He will be escorted by Patriot Guards and Legion Riders, and will arrive at the Youngs Bay Bridge at approximately 10 a.m. He will be escorted across the bridge by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter. From Hamburg Street, he will be followed by several motorcycles to the East End Mooring Basin.
Clatsop Post 12 requests that the community show support for Ehredt by attending the start of the run at the Peter Iredale shipwreck and lining the streets of Hammond, Warrenton and Astoria.
Anyone interested in riding a bicycle in the parade should contact Mike Phillips at Clatsop Post 12 at (503) 325-5771.
For information about Project America Run, go to (www.projectamericarun.com)