Q: What is America’s Run for the Fallen?
A: America’s Run for the Fallen is a nationwide relay foot run in tribute to every Military service member who has died as a result of serving during the War on Terror, beginning with October 12, 2000. Running over 6,000 miles in nineteen states for nearly 20,000 names.
Q: How does the Run work?
A: A core team of marathon trained runners, along with a support crew running a specific schedule, will stop at one mile intervals at a pre-placed marker and speak out loud the name of each fallen service member based on their chronological date for death.
Q: What support are you looking for?
A: As you can expect our needs are many and varied. Support is needed both locally and nationally, volunteer as well as financial. We need commitments from runners, support crew, law enforcement, sponsors, organizations, media and individual communities. Volunteer form
Q: What Heroes are being honored along this tribute trail?
A: Our focus for this event is the War on Terror. We have identified nearly 20,000 service members who have died while serving or as a result of serving during this period. Criteria includes all service members regardless of cause of death.
Q: Is this tribute primarily for those who died in action?
A: No, The Honor and Remember Organization and Flag recognizes all military who died while serving or as a result of serving regardless of circumstance. Subsequently Run for the Fallen honors all of those service members who served and died whether in battle or due to the overwhelming emotional scars of serving.
Q: How do I search to see if my Fallen Hero is being honored?
A: Click on Search for your Hero on our home page.
Q: What if the Hero’s information is missing or inaccurate?
A: Please send an email to email@example.com or you may click on the search page find your Hero and fill in the add a Hero section with updates.
Q: What if I can’t find my Hero on the Run for the Fallen search?
A: When you do a search for your Hero and they are not identified there will be a link titled “Add a Hero”. Please fill out all required information and once we verify, they will be added to the run according to their date of death. While we have an extensive list of service members there may be many that we have missed. We need to hear from you if you cannot find your loved one along the route.
Q: Can a family member, friend, or comrade run with the core team for their mile?
A: Yes, but most importantly, they must be capable of keeping pace with our team members. In practice that means that you should be capable of running that mile in 8-10 minutes. Please remember that whoever is running that mile must get their own transportation to the preceding Hero Marker in time to join in with our team. So – if your HM is for example 116 then you should be at 115 to join our Team to run your mile. The planned arrival dates/times at each Marker will be available on our maps well in advance of the Run for each location.
Q: How do I meet the runners at my loved one’s marker?
A: First, search for your loved one’s mile along the 2018 route. A map should pop up indicating the general location of each marker. Second, let us know that you’ll be there and we will do our best to identify the exact location. Be sure to select “Stand At a Hero Marker” on the volunteer form.
Q: Can I stand and wait for the Run Team to arrive at my Hero’s Marker?
A: We encourage family members and friends to be at their loved one’s marker if at all possible. Please bring photos, posters, banners, Honor and Remember Flags or whatever personal tribute you would like to visually make. We realize that there may be some great distance for some to travel. If you cannot attend, please send someone in your place or select another hero along the route you could stand for.
Caution: each Hero Marker is placed approximately one mile apart. Some placements may not be along road conditions that are conducive to safely standing on the side of the highway. Please use wise judgement when waiting for the runners to arrive, safety for all is our number one concern. You may want to consider standing at another marker in a safer location.
Q: When Should I arrive at my Hero’s Marker?
A: Each mile is pre-placed and specifically timed. The team is running a pace of between 9-12 minutes between each. Depending on road conditions whether rain or shine, they could be on time or behind. We will place an approximate timetable on each map and suggest you arrive 30-60 minutes ahead of schedule. During the day-of you will be able to see a gps tracking of our progress to time your arrival more accurately.
Q: I cant make it to our marker but would still like to participate.
A: Due to time and distance restraints you may not be available to directly participate at your specific marker. However, we would encourage you to send friends or relatives to yours and you could stand for another family in a location that may be closer in proximity to your home state.
Also – there are many other opportunities to participate by being a part of the beginning ceremony at the end of each day or by concluding with us inside Arlington Cemetery at the Old Fort Myer Chapel gate for the last mile walk to Section 60. More details will be available as we get closer to the date
Q: Can my Hero’s marker be moved to another location?
A: America’s Run for the Fallen is a National run to include every fallen service member since the USS Cole. Unfortunately because of the extensive number of lives lost while on active duty it was impossible to locate every marker near a hometown or family residence. In order to respectfully include every name we chose as our model the chronological day of death. This may not enable everyone to attend their particular place of honor however we think you will understand based on a number of reasons.
First because of the enormity of this undertaking, it enables us to be sure everyone is remembered, giving us a point of reference and an exact sequence we can verify. Second it enables us to place heroes together who died on the same day, families can now meet others with a direct connection. We hope this brings additional friendships and healing. Third it provides an easy reference for anyone who may be looking to where in the country their hero may be honored; it is chronological. Fourth it would be impossible for us to include every name in a particular geographical position because of the inconsistencies of data and the fact that few families are living in the same area for any length of time.
We realize that some families may not be able to attend their marker. In this regard we can offer several options;
- If you can be at your marker with us great, please check back before the run starts to be sure positions haven’t changed when new names were added. Also we are working to include a live component to the run so that you can see us honor your hero live online.
- If you cannot attend, please send a relative or a friend to be there, maybe even another GS family. You could in turn be at their marker somewhere closer.
- If you cannot attend there is still an opportunity we can honor your hero with you on a particular day closer to you. Let us know the best day and place and our final mile that day will be to include all those whose families are present. Please provide the best location for you along the route so we can plan on your loved for that end of day. (We will still be honoring your hero chronologically on the day and time on the map according to DOD) Let us know what works for you. We hope to see you somewhere along the route. If you can assist in any way please let us know.
Q: Are there other ways I get involved?
A: There are many ways to help us fulfill this mission, please fill out our Volunteer Form in the links above or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or for record changes write to email@example.com