Run for the Fallen to cross through Emanuel County
by Halei Lamb | June 28, 2018 4:28 pm
On April 7, 2018, Honor and Remember Inc. initiated America’s Run for the Fallen, one of the most comprehensive fallen military tribute events ever organized. The run will call attention to and specifically honor men and women who have died during the War on Terror beginning with USS Cole October 12, 2000. A rotating ream of more than 400 active duty military and civilian members from throughout the nation will embark on a 19-state, 6,100-mile journey to honor every fallen service member, numbering nearly 20,000. Each mile of the route will be dedicated to individual heroes and their families, based on chronological dates of death.
Carrying a full size American flag, Honor and Remember flag, and Honor and Sacrifice flag along with hero information, each relay team will stop at 1-mile intervals in an apolitical reflection of remembrance of each service member, where a pre-staked “Hero Marker” is placed. There, they will call each name out loud and deliver a short tribute for eating Gold Star family members, friends, comrades, and patriots, Covering approximately 50 miles per day, each day will conclude with an ending ceremony at planned stopping points in local towns and communities. The goal of Run for the Fallen is to blaze a memorial trail across America recognizing every service member who died as a result of serving in the armed forces.
America’s “Run for the Fallen” kicked off Saturday morning, April 7, at 6:30 a.m. at Fort Irwin, California, with a start ceremony for the 5-month, 6,000-plus mile mission through California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia to finish at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday, August 5.
Run for the Fallen will travel through Emanuel County on July 16 from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m. The tour will begin in Adrian on Highway 80 heading east for the entirety of its local 50-mile span through Swainsboro, arriving in the county seat at approximately 10 a.m. ahead of its Twin City arrival at 12 p.m. Then, runners will trek onward to Portal and Hopeulikit until stopping for the day in Statesboro.
Further details and route maps can be found at https://www.runforthefallen.org.
Interested runners — Visit www.runforthefallen.org and review the route/dates and fill out the runner registration form under “Run” tab. It is requested for runners to do up to a total of 12 miles in a day, but every mile counts—whether it’s one or 20! If you can’t commit to 12 miles, Honor and Remember Inc. asks that you just do what you can do. Again, anything is appreciated!
Can’t make the route? If the dates and location are not convenient due to other obligations, you can still be a part of the event as a Virtual Runner. Registration for this can be found at www.runforthefallen.org under the “Links” tab. Each registration will receive a finisher medal and a dry-fit t-shirt. You can post your support under #runforthefallen on Instagram, the Facebook page (Run for the Fallen), and/or on twitter @honorandremember.
Run for the Fallen — Joe Bellona, inspired after the death of his college roommate and friends 1LT Michael Cleary in Iraq, created a national run of remembrance. Beginning Flag Day, June 14, 2008, a dedicated team of runners ran across America from Fort Irwin, California, to Arlington National Cemetery, one mile for every member of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Marines killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Each year since the run across America, runners from around the world have joined Run for the Fallen in remembering fallen heroes. Hundreds of thousands of miles have now been collectively run in remembrance of those fallen in those recent operations www.runforthefallen.org.
Honor and Remember Inc. — After the death of his eldest son, Tony, in Iraq, Gold Star father George Lutz recognized the need to educated the nation on the precious cost of freedom. His mission became raising awareness about the sacrifice made by military men and women who died for their country through the creation and establishment of a distinct and tangible symbol. The Honor and Remember flag was unveiled nationally on Memorial Day 2008 to perpetually recognize the sacrifice of fallen military heroes and their families. The flag is now being endorsed by veteran and service organizations and adopted by cities and states as an official symbol. In addition, it is being flown by patriotic Americans across the nation, well on its way to becoming a nationally accepted symbol of remembrance.
Subsequently, in order to include the families of fallen first responders, the Honor and Sacrafice flag was unveiled on September 11, 2016. This new symbol enables all Americans to show appreciation for the selfless service of those whose lives are given as they protect and serve on the home front.
In 2014, Run for the Fallen became a subsidiary program of Honor and Remember, Inc.
You can learn more and sign the petition to support this mission by visiting www.honorandremember.org.
For more information and to find out how to get involved either by joining the run team, donating, or volunteering, visit the Run for the Fallen website at www.runforthefallen.org or write run2018@HonorandRemember.org.