Although we visibly run one marker to honor and remember each fallen hero from the current conflicts, the total run to Arlington National Cemetery represents every service member from Virginia who laid down their lives for freedom's cause. Thousands have sacrificed to preserve our way of life. And as you give tribute to this particular hero please remember others who have given the ultimate sacrifice throughout history. Virginia being rich in the foundation of this country has given many of her sons and daughters. Regardless of war or conflict, branch of service or method of death, we ultimately run for them all, honoring their service and sacrifice, and remembering that they each gave up a future so that we could have ours. We give tribute to them by name wherever possible and to the sacrifice of the families they left behind.
Using the model from the original Run for the Fallen tribute in 2008 Honor and Remember Inc. has established the Virginia Run for the Fallen. It is a compilation of runners and support crew whose mission is clear and simple: To run specific miles for every Virginia service member killed as a result in serving during the War on Terror including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Each mile of sweat and pain and each flag saluted, is to pay homage to one service member’s life and their family.
Dedicated to Gold Star Families.
I’m here for you in Arizona to pay homage to your name.
I see Gold Star Families crying their pride can’t ease the pain.
There’s a beautiful sunrise over the mountains; a new day has begun.
One that will be filled with promise as you and I begin to run.
I’ll run with you to Phoenix from Arizona’s southern city.
To HONOR and REMEMBER all you have given sacrificially.
It’s a long journey, yet there will be a tribute in every stride.
For you will be my inspiration as your spirit runs by my side.
Patriots shepherd me down the path with flashing lights ablaze.
Keeping me safe to honor you over four of my proudest days.
Over the inland waterways, crossing many bridges far and wide.
To place a flag in your cherished memory on the other side.
Winding through many towns I can hear the roaring cheers.
They’re for you my fallen comrades and so are all the tears.
Passing by a grateful nation, I see their pride begin to swell.
Reaffirming my belief the American Spirit is alive and well.
Farewell my fallen comrades you were beside me from the start.
Your memories are in my thoughts, your sacrifice in my heart.
I’m humbled by your presence and honored to be here too.
Next year I’ll be back in Arizona to run again with you.
Composed by Naval Veteran William Lawrence Kraemer / Army Veteran Michael McGlynn
modified for AZ Run.
Augie & Paulette Martone
Director - Laura Sutton
Asst Director - George Lutz
Core Run Team - Laura Sutton
Hero Markers/Bios - Laura Sutton
Safety/Medical - Laura Sutton/Florence FD
Accommodations/Meals - Laura Sutton
Public Relations / Media - Laura Sutton
Transportation/Resources - Laura Sutton
Local Police and Military Base support - Jurisdictional
Blue Star Families - Laura Sutton
Gold Star Families - Paulette Martone