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2nd annual Rucknooga honors the Fallen Five

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -

About 90 people hit the streets for the 2nd annual Rucknooga Ruck March Saturday morning.

The march honored those who lost their lives during the terrorist attack in Chattanooga on July 16, 2015. A day Chattanooga police officer and Lance Corporal, Ed Buckman will never forget.

"I was in the Marine corps for eight years and so that touched me really big that day," Buckman said. "It's really important to remember that these guys gave their lives for their country."

Despite the tragedy, Ethan Rogers, a U.S. Marine, said the deaths of the Fallen Five motivated him to better himself.

"It motivated us, wanna do better make better of ourselves, push harder, because those guys they can't push harder so I'm gonna push for them."

Participants marched 16 miles, while carrying a ruck pack, which is a military tradition as explained on the event's website.

The course led the group from the memorial site on Lee Highway, past the Fallen Five mural on McCallie Avenue, then the National Cemetery.

The complete route ended at the Riverpark near the Naval Operational Support Center.

Buckman said he was proud of Saturday's turnout.

"It makes me feel just so proud. Police and military they get a bad name sometimes and this shows us right here that we have the support that we need."

A tribute Rogers believes brings the community together.

"It makes me feel just so proud. Police and military they get a bad name sometimes and this shows us right here that we have the support that we need."

Participants also donated a warm piece of clothing to donate to Heroes Hand Up, an organization that assists homeless veterans.

All proceeds from the event will benefit both Heroes Hand Up and the 766 Fund.

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