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Texas Tech ROTC Race to the Finish supports South Plains Honor Flight

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Hundreds gathered at Texas Tech University on Saturday for the first Texas Tech Army ROTC 5K Race to the Finish.

The event kicked off with a ceremony and the race started promptly at 9 a.m.

All of the proceeds from the event were donated to the South Plains Honor Flight. Before the race began, the South Plains Honor Flight was given a check for $5,000.

World War II Army veteran Phil Crenshaw says the money will go a long way in helping veterans get to Washington D.C. to see the memorials built in their honor.

"I'm impressed with the generosity of people in this area and their response. This is typical of people here in the Lubbock area as we know, but this being the first time this 5k race has been run, sponsored by the ROTC, it makes it very special," Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw served in the Army from 1943 to 1946 and fought in Okinawa during the war. He was the honorary guest speaker at Saturday's event and he wore the same uniform he wore in battle more than 60 years ago.

"When we hear the taps being played at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier or 'Amazing Grace' being played by the bagpipes at the Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, it is a soul-stirring event," Crenshaw said. "Most of the veterans come back saying this was the event of a lifetime."

The Texas Tech Army ROTC department hopes this is the first of many 5K runs in the future.

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