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"Run for the Fallen" to honor Ark. fallen in the global war on terror
"Run for the Fallen" to honor Ark. fallen in the global war on terror


OZARK, Ark. (ARFTF) - In an apolitical reflection of remembrance a team of active duty and reserve Airmen, Soldiers, Marines and Arkansas State Police will embark on a 146 mile memorial run to honor every ArkansaSservice member who has died while serving our country since September 11, 2001. 

The “Arkansas Run for the Fallen” will kick off from Ozark City Hall at 10:00 am on Friday, March 20, 2015 and our run team will finish at the Arkansas State Capitol on Sunday, March 22, 2014.  For the first 143 miles, each mile is dedicated to an Arkansas Hero.  The run team will stop at every mile marker, present an American Flag and a biographical card in honor of that Arkansas Hero in an effort to create a memorial trail across Arkansas.  The runners will be comprised of Active Duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen, Marines, and Soldiers from the state of Arkansas.

The final three miles on Sunday afternoon, will be a group run to remember all of Arkansas Fallen service members. The public is invited to show their support and run alongside our core run team for the final three miles to the finish on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol at approximately 2:10PM with the closing ceremony beginning at 2:30PM. Nonrunners are welcome to attend the closing ceremony to honor these Arkansans who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of freedom.

All proceeds above the event expenses will be used to raise awareness, honor the Fallen, and support the Families of the Fallen.   One way that we do this is through the traveling Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial, a display started by Rob Hopper of Wynne who lost his son Brian in Iraq in 2005.  We  began displaying the memorial in May 2014 when Rob became physically unable to continue it. It is set up in locations around the state and consists of a flag and sign card honoring each Service Member who has died since 9/11.

The main focus of our funds for this year will be the Hearts of Our Heroes Camp, a summer camp designed specifically for the children of Arkansas’ Fallen Service Members hosted by the 4-H Center in Little Rock.  There hasn’t been a program available for Arkansas children specifically and in previous years they would have to travel out of state to attend any type of camp for Survivors.  This summer camp provides these children not only an opportunity to learn, explore and create memories, but meet other military children who are going through the same struggles and understand the reality of not having a parent present due to their ultimate sacrifice for our country.  Service Members of the Little Rock Air Force Base and Camp Robinson also donate their time during camp as Battle Buddies for the Children to maintain a bond and relationship between the Families and our military.

To inquire about joining the run, learning about our Fallen Heroes, volunteering, donating or sponsorship opportunities please visit our website at www.arkansasrunforthefallen.org or email arkansasrunforthefallen@gmail.com.