U.S. Marine Corps veteran runs with American flag to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice

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Gerald Hooee Jr.
Gerald Hooee Jr., a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, prepares to run with the American flag on Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25, in Murrieta. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Murrieta resident Gerald Hooee Jr. was spotted running with military gear and the American flag off Jackson Avenue on Memorial Day. “I was a prior marine for about 12 and a half years,” Hooee said. “I got out in 2011 and served as an infantryman with 5th Marines mainly.” He also did two tours to Iraq. “One in 2004 and one in 2005,” Hooee said. “I’m currently working on Camp Pendleton as a civilian contractor and have been there for about eight and a half years now.” He’s been running with a flag over Memorial Day weekend for the past four or five years. “I started out on Friday, did a flag run for about 3 miles and that was toward the evening, and usually during this weekend I usually carry a flag with me,” Hooee said. “Then on Saturday, I did a mor
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