850 laps for 850 Carterville veterans

“I'll be out here until everybody is accounted for”

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Jim Olsen and Marianne Smith of Carterville Monday, May 25, 2020. Smith is walking to honor the veterans who have passed away in Carterville.

This Memorial Day Canon Park is lacking red, white and blue flags.
Carterville resident Austin Crabb decided she wanted to find a way to honor Carterville veterans. And after throwing some ideas around decided to walk a lap for every veteran that is honored at the Park.
There are 850 veterans on Crabb’s list, anyone can come walk the half mile loop around the pond and check one off themselves.

Austin Crabb of Carterville marks off a name on the list of 850 Carterville Veterans Monday, May 25, 2020. “We live in a land with all Freedom. I believe that it is important to honor those who have fought and are fighting for our freedoms. But, Memorial day is a reflection on all those who have fallen for our freedom,” said Crabb.

“If I can walk laps, then I am going to walk all the laps. They’ve done a whole lot more for me than I could ever repay them for,” Crabb said.
She has been walking since 6 a.m with breaks for water and lunch.
“I’ll be out here until everybody is accounted for,” Crabb said.
Jim Olsen of Carterville was on his 15th mile of 20.
“I’m out here to get as many names signed off as I can,” Olsen said.
Crabb said that around 45 people have come to check names off the list, keeping distance between them.
Marianne Smith of Carterville, who’s father is a veteran, said she is walking to honor the veterans who have passed away.
“We live in a land with all freedoms. I believe that it is important to honor those who have fought and are fighting for our freedoms. But, Memorial day is a reflection on all those who have fallen for our freedom,” Crabb said.