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 77445.

Here is a preview of what we have in store…

Begining at 5am to 6am the SE Texas Patriot Guard, Thin Blue Line, and the
Marine Corp Motorcycle groups will stage at Love’s Truck Stop in Waller,
TX and then “Ride For The Fallen” to the Hempstead Football Field/Track.
Anyone wishing to ride with them will need to contact KP McNeal at for more information.
0600: Begin Set-up at Hempstead HS Football Field/Track
0630: Participants welcomed
0645: Registration of 5k participants at Hempstead High School Football
0730: Opening prayer followed by Old Glory raised by an Army Ranger while
the National Anthem is played. Hempstead Fire Department will display
criss cross water cannons.
At conclusion of the National Anthem, a 20 minute performance of
multi-aircraft precision formations air show by Freedom Flight (Flight
Lead is Col. Sam Ward, USAF, Ret., Vietnam F-4 driver supported by
other experienced airline and combat pilots including one �ThunderThud
Driver� with a MIG kill) � the last formation will be the Missing Man
Swearing-in of Army recruits by BGen Henry Ostermann, USA, Ret.
0755: Professional civilian and police unit Skydivers carrying the
American flag land on the football field.
0800: Division of Navy T-45 Goshawk from Kingsville Naval Air Station,
Training Air Wing Two (four jets) execute flyover (if operational tempo
0801 C/1/19th and C/1/5/19th Special Forces Group will line up and run in
0801: Gold Star families & injured Warriors in Transition from Brooke Army
Medical Center lead the runners and participants around the track followed
by 5k runners starting
Muster at the Hempstead Memorial and Gazebo following completion of the 5k
run (5k ends at Memorial)
Patriotic music provided by The Ziggy Moonshine Band until all
participants in the 5k run muster at the Gazebo/Memorial
Display of Texas Fallen Heroes Memorial Traveling Wall
Display Artist Ken Pridgeon renditions of fallen Texans
Old Glory & Texas flags brought to half mast for the Missing Man Ceremony
& Roll Call
Missing Man Ceremony at Gazebo/Memorial
Brief address to the crowd by a senior Officer
Reading of the Roll Call of every Texan killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom
I & II, Operation Enduring Freedom at Gazebo/Memorial (reading begun by
Commandant Amos or designee and followed by other invited dignitaries)
Old Glory & Texas flags brought to full following the conclusion of the
Roll Call
Formal honor memorial event concluded at the end of the release of the
balloons with a photo of each fallen Texan attached
Continued viewing of static military displays provided for the public by
Marine, Army and Army National Guard units following conclusion of the
reading of the roll call
Free, live patriotic music provided for the crowd at the conclusion of the
release of the balloons. Music by Country Music Performer Darby Ledbetter
and The Band of Brothers, (Darby is a now Warrant Officer in the National
Guard and when he was on active duty in the Army, he served 5 combat tours
in Southwest Asia).
Announce Free BBQ and refreshments at conclusion of Roll Call and start of
music by Darby Ledbetter
This year the founder of Run For The Fallen, Jon Bellona, will be in
attendance. So everyone come out and meet him.

Also, Marine Sgt. Eric Morante will be running in honor of Lance CPL
Robert Alexander Martinez who was KIA 12-01-2005. Morante lost his right
leg while on deployment in Iraq. When Eric lost his leg he also lost 10
Marines in the same fire fight, Martinez being one of the 10. Martinez is
from Splendora and had given Eric a pair of his boots just prior to being
killed in action. Eric will be doing our run on one leg and wearing the
boot of of Martinez.