Saratoga Springs HS seniors complete 20 mile ruck to honor fallen vets

Emily Burkhard
Updated: May 25, 2020 11:57 PM
Created: May 25, 2020 09:48 PM

SARATOGA COUNTY - Two Saratoga Springs High School seniors found a safe way to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice this Memorial Day.

Joy King, a woman who usually helps organize the Saratoga Springs Memorial Day parade every year, told NewsChannel 13 about the two young men completing a 20-mile ruck. NewsChannel 13 caught up with them around the halfway point.


"So it's something that we can do in memory of them and it's a great way to just remember all the fallen heroes,” Vincent Sablich said.

Sablich and fellow senior Jack Trimmings said they're planning to join ROTC programs when they head off to college later this year.

They've been training to prepare themselves, and they decided combine exercise and observance this Memorial Day by going on a 20-mile ruck.  They marched with weighted backpacks, carrying the flag in honor of those who gave their lives for our freedoms.

"I just thought that it would be a good way to remember them by sacrificing just a little out of our day, 20 miles, because a lot more people have sacrificed a lot more,” Trimmings said.

Trimmings and Sablich said they were pleasantly surprised with the weather.

"The conditions have been far better than we expected, not too hot, not too sunny, we're definitely a little bit tired right now,” Sablich said.

“A little soreness, just took like a 20-minute break because this is our halfway point but we are a little tender but we're just gonna keep on rucking,” Trimmings said.

Trimmings and Sablich said they're especially grateful they could pay tribute to the fallen amid the pandemic.

"Now as things start to get better with the virus and things start to open up it's a lot nicer and I think today is a great day to celebrate those freedoms that we often times take for granted and remember the people that are giving up their lives for those freedoms,” Sablich said.

Trimmings said it took them about seven hours to complete all 20 miles. They said all in all it was eight hours outside, but they took about an hour break. Trimmings said they were carrying about 45 pounds of additional weight in their backpacks.

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