On March 15th and 16th, 2014, in an apolitical reflection of remembrance, a team of runners will complete a 130 mile run to honor every Arkansas service member killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. The coverage of last year's event can be found here.
Each mile of the run is dedicated to an Arkansas Hero. The run team will stop at every marker where they will present an American Flag and a biographical card in honor of every fallen service member in an effort to create a 130 mile memorial trail through Arkansas.
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Dedicated to Gold Star Families
I’m on the banks of the Arkansas 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 hills; a new day has begun.
One that will be filled with promise as you and I begin to run.
I’ll run all the way with you to Little Rock from Ozark’s City Hall.
To - HONOR and REMEMBER - that for us you gave it all.
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 along the path with flashing lights ablaze.
Keeping me safe to honor you over two of my proudest days.
Down the Memorial Trail, 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 Ozark to run again with you.
Composed by Naval Veteran William Lawrence Kraemer / Army Veteran Michael McGlynn
The mission of the Arkansas Run for the Fallen is to raise awareness for the native Arkansans who fought and died supporting the Global War on Terrorism
(GWOT). The purpose is also to provide support, hope and healing to families grieving the death of a loved one in military service regardless of relationship or circumstance of death. We support organizations that enable the healing process for Arkansas residents whose lives have been affected by the GWOT.
Arkansas Run For The Fallen Inc. is a not-for-profit organization. Our federal tax id is 45-4054330.
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