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Family remembers Sullivan Brothers after 75 years

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This year marks 75 years since the Sullivan Brothers were killed when a torpedo hit their ship back in 1942. Each year a race is held in memory of the brothers, and this year's race was special to Sullivan family because of the anniversary.

Dozens of people gathered to take part in an annual run to honor their memory this morning in downtown Waterloo. For 11 years the Sullivan Brothers Veterans Memorial 5K/10K Races have been put on to honor not only the Five Sullivan Brothers, but also all veterans. 

Many people participated in today's race, running a course through the streets of Waterloo, something family says the Sullivan Brothers used to do.

"They were running around the streets of downtown Waterloo 80 years ago or 75 years ago and now we've got this special run where we have people running in downtown Waterloo in honor of them and all veterans," said Kelly Sullivan, Albert Sullivan's Granddaughter.

Today was a day for family to remember the brothers and honor all our veterans.

"When we honor the 75th anniversary were are honoring those killed Naval Battle of Guadalcanal...we are paying tribute to those people who served our country, so that's the big thing here," said Kelly. "When we talk about the 75th anniversary were are thinking about how 75 years ago these men put their lives in danger for our freedoms."

This year's race was John Sullivan's first time running and his sister Kelly says she is ecstatic he picked this year to run.

"I am just so excited to have him here as a family Representative to run it especially because this is the 75th anniversary," said Kelly. "It's a special year for our family to remember the five boys."

John surprised his sister this morning, she had no clue he would be at the event today, making the race much more special.

"It's a little more emotional than I thought," said John, Albert Sullivan's Grandson. "Being a runner I just show up for a race, I get prepared and I go through my routine so this is a little bit different, in a good way."

The Sullivan family says they are grateful for all the support and the opportunity to honor their family members.

"I mean they stuck together...they were the epitome of teamwork and the epitome of a team and you know they cared about each other more than they cared about themselves, so that's really how I'll always remember them."

Money from today's race will go to the Sullivan Brothers Iowa Veterans Museum. November 13 will mark exactly 75 years since the Sullivan Brothers died.

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