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Honor the fallen with virtual run on Memorial Day

Veteran organizing team of Amazon colleagues
Posted at 6:26 PM, May 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-21 18:28:53-04

BALTIMORE (WMAR) — For the last few months, Tori Wilson and her team at Amazon’s Baltimore Fulfillment Center have been working around the clock to support the community during this pandemic.

"Especially those customers that are unable or uncomfortable leaving their homes, we are able to provide them a service to give them the comfort of staying in their own home," said Wilson.

In between busy shifts as the senior operations manager, Wilson organizes ways to give back.

"Bringing our team together to go out and participate in the community just provides such a sense of belonging and service," said Wilson.

Wilson is used to a life of service. She served in the Army for 7 years. To continue giving back, she started the Baltimore chapter of the Amazon Warriors last year. It’s a group of veterans and others now in civilian roles who volunteer with organizations like Wreaths Across America and the Maryland Food Bank.

"It’s something we get to do in the military to serve our country and Warriors at Amazon provides that additional layer to continue to serve but in a different way," said Wilson.

The Amazon Warriors have big plans for Memorial Day. They are running together virtually for the Wear Blue: Run to Remember. Every participant is given the name and story of a fallen hero to remember on Memorial Day.

Wilson has participated in person for the last 6 years and knew she had to continue the tradition.

"Remembering friends of mine who have unfortunately made the ultimate sacrifice being killed in action, and having our other peers and our civilian counterparts here at Amazon come out and run with us in remembrance of their sacrifice is just so amazing," said Wilson.

During a really difficult time, she said it makes her feel like they are together, even when they can’t physically be.

"Still showing your support for those people who have lost a loved one or lost a family member by going out and running in their remembrance and making sure they are never forgotten, I think is more important than ever this year," said Wilson.