Category: Texas

Watermelon Run for the Fallen

Watermelon Run for the Fallen will be held on Aug. 16, 2014 at Hempstead, TX. Please visit for more.

Hempstead, TX: Aug 17, 2013

The 2013 Watermelon Run For The Fallen will be here before we know it! On Saturday, August 17, 2013, at 7:00 am, we will have the Fourth Annual walk/roll/run event and it will be bigger than ever. The run will begin at the Hempstead High Shcool football field, located at 500 Donoho Street, Hempstead, TX…

Third Annual Watermelon Run For The Fallen, Aug. 18, 2012

The Third Annual Watermelon Run For The Fallen will be held in Hempstead, TX on August 18, 2012. Website: Event Flyer: wtrmlnrftfflyer2012 Watermelon Run For The Fallen – Saturday 18 August 2012 Hempstead, Texas Supported by the City of Hempstead, Hempstead Independent School District, City of Hempstead, United States Army, United States Navy, United…

2nd Annual Watermelon Run for the Fallen

David Hartley’s Watermelon Run in Hempstead, TX will happen again in 2011. From David:
“We are expecting over 3,000 to attend this year. This years event will be a 5k walk/run/roll
I have locked in the following for our event:
• Freedom Flight will preform 20 min air show with 6 planes. Texas Army National Guard will provide skydivers this year.
• Hempstead Fire Department will provide criss cross water cannons again this year during National Anthem. Army Rangers will raise the flag this year in memory of my son. There will be an American flag and bio of every service man/woman KIA from Texas along the route.
• Marine Sgt. Eric Morante who was injured in Iraq, and lost his right leg will do the 5K and wear the boot of his fallen friend Robert Alexander Martinez.
Numerous wounded from San Antonio are expected to attend and run.
• The Texas Traveling Memorial Wall for OIF/OEF will be on display.
• Ziggy Moonshine and the Bootleggers Band will preform again this year. There will be a Missing Man presentation prior to roll call.
• We will release red/white/blue baloons this year with a photo and bio of each KIA from Texas. There will be numerous static displays from both the Army and Marines.
• Darby Ledbetter will perform at the close of our event this year. Darby is an active member of the Texas National Guard and carries the rank of Chief
Warrant Officer. Darby has deployed 5 times, and has lost 13 from his unit. He won an Emmy for a video called “I Won’t Let My Guard Down”.
• Ken Pridgeon who is 76 years old and a retired sign painter is painting a picture of my son and that picture will be on display at the event. Ken has taken it on himself to paint each of the fallen from Texas.