Inspired by the sacrifice of military men and women whose lives were lost in Iraq and Afghanistan, an Austin-based 501 (c) 3 organization, OPERATION HONOR OUR HEORES, was formed to assist wounded warriors and veterans and their families. To accomplish the organization’s mission, a team of runners will embark on a cross country run this May to honor every Texas fallen service member, all wounded service members, and all of the men and women in the United States Armed Forces.
The Lone Star Trail of Heroes: Run Across Texas will begin in Amarillo on May 17 at the Panhandle War Memorial and will cover over 400 miles before finishing in Austin on Memorial Day, May 25, 2009. Cities included in the Run include Amarillo, Childress, Quanah, Vernon, Wichita Falls, Gainesville, Ft.Worth, Hillsboro, Abbott, Waco, Temple, Belton, Killeen, Salado, Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin.
Runners will mark every mile of their journey with a United States flag, a photo, and a biographical card in honor of every fallen service member. The dedication markers are being made by students and JROTC cadets at Tascosa High School in Amarillo, Marcus High School in Flower Mound, the Leander I.S.D.(Cedar Park, Leander, Vista Ridge, Rouse High Schools) and Bowie High School in Austin will create a symbolic memorial trail across Texas.
This Run will be a living memorial that the runners hope can be continued from year to year and from city to city in Texas. While each flag will represent a soldier who has fallen, the run will represent all men and women of the United States military. In particular, this journey will honor all wounded warriors and veterans and their families. For Every Fallen Hero there are Eight Wounded Heroes.
The team will be asking individuals and businesses across Texas to donate one dollar for each mile that the runners cover on their way from Amarillo to Austin. All funds raised by the Run will be donated to wounded warriors and veterans and their families.