At the end of the cross-country remembrance run, Run for the Fallen, in 2008 there was a call for individuals and communities alike to run/walk one mile in honor of a fallen service member. No one truly knew how our request would be answered. Emails were sent back and forth, a laundry list of participants and runs placed on an event page, individuals built and drove local support, and then the final day of the run came…
and the clarion call was answered.
On August 24, 2008 runners from around the world joined Run for the Fallen in remembering our fallen service members. Over 9,000 participants ran over 35,000 miles in remembrance of those fallen in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.
The multitude of meaningful events worldwide caused us to step back. We were in awe. There were so many individuals remembering service members in their own special way. There were so many events that brought towns, communities, and even families together. The final day of Run for the Fallen was not led by one person or one team, but by a myriad of individuals and communities scattered across the globe. The heart of remembrance ran deep.
This is why, this year, we are continuing that call. While we will not be running across America this summer, we still run in honor of service members killed in both Iraq and Afghanistan. On the weekend of August 22/23, 2009 we encourage anyone, wherever they are, to go out and run/walk one mile in remembrance of a fallen service member.
Our event page, Run for the Fallen 2009, contains state by state listings (and if need be, countries), of runs being organized by individuals in their own communities. Here, you can find out if a run is being organized near you. And, if you can’t find one and want to participate, make sure to let us know. Feel free to peruse the website and blog for information about organizing an event in your own community, and if you ever have any questions or need some more information, we would be happy to continue the discussion with you.
Remembrance isn’t just a one time thing. The act of remembrance is continued remembering, whether its a private or shared experience, and we encourage you to remember in own special way.