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A Salute to a Courageous Veteran on Veterans Day

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

There are tons of events today to honor our men and women in the armed services on this Veterans Day, but here’s one that I came across that has a distinctive Disney twist. Check out this video of Michael Fradera of Lakeland, FL, who is a former Marine and Army soldier who lost his legs in combat but plans to compete in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon in January through a program Cigna launched for wounded veterans.

Hey, if you’d like to run with him during the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, you can still sign up at

We can never repay the military service men and women for the sacrifices they make to keep our world safe, but here’s my little way of saluting one of them for the courage, resilience and spirit that all military personnel share.

Thank you from Disney Parks to the military men and women of countries around the world.


  • Absolutely amazing and inspiring. Words cannot express how thankful I am for soldiers like you.

  • Michael, thank you! You are are not only a hero but an inspiration. I will be running the half marathon in January and it would be an honor to have the opportunity to meet you.

  • Michael, So excited about the Disney Half Marathon. Sharing this event with you will make it The Best! Thank You for sharing your story.Thank You for your service.Hope to meet You.

  • You are a hero to me and many others. Thank you for serving our country so bravely. I will be running my first 1/2 marathon at Disney in Jan. and as I do so I will be cheering you on. Thank you again for your service.

  • Thank you so much your service! Good luck in run.

  • Thank you Michael for your service. You are an inspiration to all. Happy Veteran’s Day!!!

  • God Bless our Armed Forces. They are the best in the world and we should be proud.

  • God Bless. You may not consider yourself a Hero but I certainly do.

  • I’ll be there, supporting my husband who is running the Goofy, but I’ll definitely be cheering you on as well. Thank you for your service. You’re such an inspiration!

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