Note to the Families of our Military Fallen
It has been said philosophically that each of us can die twice. One is a physical death and the second is the death that occurs when the last person dies willing or able to speak your name. We stand together as an organization dedicated to speaking out loud each and every hero that has fallen for our freedom. In fulfillment of this mission we have developed the most comprehensive tribute trail ever organized.
America’s Run for the Fallen was organized to honor every fallen service member who died during the period of the War on Terror beginning with the USS Cole on October 12, 2000. Every service member on active duty is included regardless of cause of death. Not only while serving but as a result of serving. Additionally, if your loved one died as a result of physical or emotional scars we honor them as well.
We have currently identified nearly 20,000 names and in order to properly and respectfully call out the name of each one we are following a unique format. Rather than identify each individually in a chronological format we are going to run for each unique date of death. We hope that by following this format we will be able to respectfully achieve our goal. However it allows for the opportunity to single out individual dates of death, honor multiple heroes at a single mile and bring families together who may not be aware of other loved ones who had died on their anniversary date.
In order to have the most comprehensive listing of our fallen service members we began with online posted casualty lists and partnered with organizations and social networking communities to build a foundational starting point. We took those names and dates of death and created a map across the United States spanning 18 states and 6100 miles. Each date is a unique mile, each mile specifically located.
Beginning with October 12, 2000 as our first date the next mile’s heroes will be the next consecutive date and so on, moving to our present date. This way every singular day we had a military loss will be accounted for.
However we need everyone’s help in completing our list. On our Home page is a link titled “Search for a Hero” when you click on this link you will be able to find if your loved one or friend is listed on the run. If you find them, the mile and date of where they will be honored will be displayed on a map. (check back frequently because miles or days may shift as new names are added)
If however you do not find the name you are looking for, Click on the link “Add a Hero”
At that link you will be able to send us the information to be included.
If the new name added has a similar date of death to one on our current route, they will be added to that existing mile. If not, they will be given their own unique mile.
If there has been an event which caused a significant loss at one date in time we will work to honor that group at an appropriate location on their day; for example the Chinook which went down August 6, 2011. Their mile may be at the end or middle of the day depending on location of planned events.