The 15th Annual Boston Marine Corps Honor Run will be held Saturday, May 7, in honor of Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian of Abington, Mass. More than 1,500 people – including active-duty military, veterans from all branches of armed services, and local law enforcement groups – will gather at South Boston’s Carson Beach to run in honor of Sergeant Vasselian, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013.
This popular 5K road race, produced by Boston-based Conventures, Inc., is held to raise awareness for the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation.
Sgt. Daniel Vasselian was killed in action on Dec. 23, 2013 during Operation Enduring Freedom while assigned to 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. He served three combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. His first two deployments were with the 2nd battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. Sgt. Vasselian was posthumously awarded both the Purple Heart and Bronze Star with valor.
Sgt. Vasselian graduated from Abington High School Class of 2004 and joined the Marines in December 2006. He is remembered by friends and family as a caring person with a great sense of humor. He was a loving husband, son, brother, grandson and uncle. Sgt. Vasselian was recognized for “relentless resolve and steady courage under fire.” He was killed placing himself in danger to protect his fellow Marines.
The Honor Run will begin at 7 a.m. for number pick-up and onsite registration, followed by a pre-race warm-up assisted by the Marine Corps Cadets. The race will officially start at 9 a.m., with an Awards Ceremony and prizes at the end. As an open event, registration fees are $15 for Active Duty Military, ROTC, Retired Military and JROTC; $35 for pre-registration; and $45 for race day registration. Online registration is strongly encouraged. For more information, please visit mchonorrun.com.