NEWBURYPORT — On June 14, the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund will host its inaugural Flag Day 5K Road Race. The 5K walk, run or jog will go through Newburyport. The race will be followed up with a post-race party, which will include food, drinks and entertainment at the North End Boat Club. For more information about the race and to register, visit www.flagday5k.org.
First Lt. Derek Hines was born and raised in the towns of Amesbury and Newburyport. He attended the Immaculate Conception School, Nock Middle School and then St. John's Prep in Danvers. He was a four-year starter for the varsity hockey team and a National Honor Society member. After he graduated high school, he attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he continued to play hockey and became the captain his senior year. Upon graduation from West Point in 2003, Hines completed Ranger and Airborne School. He then joined the 173rd Airborne Division in Vicenza, Italy, before being deployed to Afghanistan. On Sept. 1, 2005, while conducting security operations in Baylough, Afghanistan, he was fatally shot protecting his unit. He is survived by his parents, Steve and Susan, and his younger siblings, Michael, Ashley and Trevor. The Hines family established the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund in his honor.
In addition to announcing the Flag Day 5K, the 1st Lt. Derek Hines Soldiers Assistance Fund has a new website, www.derekhinesfund.org.
The fund intends to provide financial assistance for Massachusetts soldiers and their families who have incurred serious, career-ending and life-altering injuries while on active duty. For more information about the fund and to see all of the fund's beneficiaries, visit www.derekhinesfund.org.