BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The Naked Warrior Project hosted its 3rd annual Ryan Owens beach run and memorial dinner Saturday.
The event raises money to help gold star families build memorials for their loved ones in their hometowns.
“I don’t think you should have to go see Ryan at Arlington in order to pay respects,” said John Owens.
In 2017, John Owens, also a Navy Seal, started the nonprofit organization "Naked Warrior Project" after losing his brother Ryan Owens during a raid in Yemen.
Owens was a decorated Navy Seal Senior Chief Petty Officer.
“We want to show our veterans that that they are cared for,” said Owens.
While fallen military members are typically buried in Virginia, Owens wants to help families create memorials closer to where they live as a way to honor and remember their loved ones. However, in order to fund the mission the 501(c)3 hosts multiple events each year.
“You know I have a lot of respect for the Seals and the work that they do overseas,” said Jason Richter.
Richter won the 2019 4-mile beach run held in Deerfield Beach Saturday morning.
“They are extremely fit guys and they sacrifice a lot for this country so running 4 miles in the sand is the least I can do to show my support,” said Richter.
The event is modeled after the timed beach runs seals must complete each week during training. Sadly, while not everyone makes it home to the U.S. after serving overseas, this event is a reminder that their dedication and commitment to their country will never be forgotten.
The Naked Warrior Project will host its 2nd annual fishing tournament March 21, 2020 in Pompano Beach. For more information: CLICK HERE.