Single raindrops slowly fell from the sky as runners and community members on Kenwood Avenue in Delmar listened to the national anthem. They stood silently holding flags and their hearts and remembering one of their own before embarking on a race in his honor.
The second Capt. Timothy J. Moshier Memorial 5K Run/Walk was held Saturday, April 25, at the Bethlehem Middle School. And although the race was held on a damp, chilly morning, there weren't any tears, there wasn't any grief, and there wasn't any forgetting of why everyone was there.
Instead, the streets of Delmar were filled with smiling faces and an undeniable sense of pride and honor. Fellow soldiers and veterans, as well as children, wives and husbands, saluted and celebrated the ultimate sacrifice that Moshier had made for everyone of them who had gathered there in his name.
Moshier died while serving in Iraq two years ago when the Apache helicopter he was flying was shot down. He was a Bethlehem graduate and the father of a newborn daughter. His widow, Katie, helped organize the event and was on hand with their daughter Natalie, now nearly 3 years old.
It was great, Katie Moshier said after the races had finished. "I think overall it was a huge success and the community support was tremendous, and it was a good way to celebrate Tim's life."
Money raised in the race is earmarked for the Fisher House, a Bethlehem Central scholarship fund, and the Gold Star Family Support Center at Fort Hood.
The big winner of the race was Geoff Decker of Brooklyn, a 26-year-old runner and an original organizer of the event. Decker helped to create it last year in honor of his friend, and he finished the race at 15:38, which was a little less than 2 minutes before the second place winner.