BY MELANIE BUCK –
The 8th annual Beagle Run will be held this Saturday to honor SFC Troy L. Miranda, a member of the 153rd Infantry, also known as Charlie Company, that gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country in Iraq. Miranda was killed in action May 20, 2004 while leading his squad through one of the most treacherous areas of Baghdad, known as “Purple Heart Alley” near Talia Square, a sight of tremendous bloodshed, to assist another unit that was “pinned down.” Miranda’s life was cut short at just 44 years when his unit was ambushed as they approached on the flank to assist their fellow soldiers.
The event is named lovingly after Miranda whose nickname was “The Beagle.” When he wasn’t deployed, Miranda served as a member of the Drug Task Force in Little Rock and had earned the nickname for his ability to “sniff-out” and assess situations.
His loss was taken very hard by fellow soldiers as he was held in extremely high-regard by all that he commanded. He has been described by his military family as a strong man of few words but a “silent professional.”
In 2010, Beagle Run evolved from 15 or so friends from the squad that all rode motorcycles and wanted to bring awareness to the ultimate sacrifice paid by a fallen soldier, into what it is today. Many of those same men found themselves preparing to deploy in 2011 and were unable to organize the event in 2011 but it returned with a strong mission in 2012.
This year’s event will be held on Saturday, May 20th. Everyone is welcome to participate whether riding motorcycles, cars, trucks, etc. They will stage at the Mena Armory at 11:45 a.m. and will ride to the Polk County Courthouse at 12:15 p.m. The ride will begin from there and will end in DeQueen at Herman Dierks Park around 2:30 with lunch at the pavilion.
For more information, contact Brewster at 240-377-1752 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org.