East Peoria Veterans Day tradition running strong

Local students show their appreciation for those who have served.
Local students show their support for veterans in annual event.
Local students show their support for veterans in annual event.(25 News)
Published: Nov. 11, 2022 at 7:11 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 News Now) - Students at East Peoria High School took off from the starting line in an annual tradition to honor veterans.

More than thirty members of the high school’s wrestling team joined in the yearly “Veterans Day Run.” The team ran from the high school, nearly two miles away to the East Peoria VFW.

The event that began as a fun way to show support and teamwork, has grown to include a musician who plays the National Anthem before the run, and a chili supper afterwards.

EPHS Senior Tommy Flower said the team does the run each year to honor the bravery and sacrifice of veterans, but it also helps strengthen the team as a whole. “It’s just a good team bonding moment where get to run with your friends, while showing appreciation. It puts you closer together”