Arkansas Run for the Fallen is very proud to participate in Wreaths across America, a nationwide effort to honor veterans by placing a wreath on their headstone at Christmas. In 2015, through many donations, Arkansas Run for the Fallen's fundraising group was able to provide wreaths for over 3,500 Arkansas veterans buried at the Arkansas State Veterans Cemetery in North Little Rock. We also sponsored additional wreaths for the heroes that we honor in the memorial who are buried in the state of Arkansas and across the country. For each wreath sponsored Wreaths Across America will make a donation back to Arkansas Run for the Fallen to help honor Arkansas Fallen Heroes and support the families of Arkansas fallen service members. To sponsor a wreath for an Arkansas veteran in 2016 click here.
The 5th Annual Arkansas Run for the Fallen was held March 18-20, 2016. In an apolitical reflection of remembrance, a team of runners embarked on a 146 mile run to honor every Arkansas service member who has died while serving since September 11, 2001. The run began in Ozark, Arkansas and ended 146 miles later on the steps of the state Capitol. Each mile of the run is dedicated to an Arkansas Hero. The run team stops at the marker where they present an American Flag and a biographical card in honor of a fallen service member who has died while serving since 9/11/2001 in an effort to create a 146 mile memorial trail through Arkansas. The public is invited to join our core run team as they complete the journey. Media coverage of past events can be found here.
The Arkansas Fallen Heroes Traveling Memorial was founded in October 2005 by Gold Star dad, Rob Hopper, of Wynne, Arkansas. Rob's youngest son, Marine LCPL Brian Chase Hopper, was killed on January 26, 2005. Brian's unit was flying in Western Iraq to guard the first inaugural election, when the helicopter he was in crashed, killing all 31 men inside. The memorial consists of a 3' x 5' flag and placard with a short biography for each Arkansas service member who has died while serving since September 11, 2001. People are able to walk among the flags and read the biographies of the heroes that are honored. We are very proud that Mr. Hopper chose to give the traveling memorial to Arkansas Run for the Fallen so that we can continue the tradition that he started by displaying the traveling memorial in communities around the state throughout the year. For more information on the Arkansas Fallen Heroes Memorial, visit our website by clicking here
The mission of Arkansas Run for the Fallen is to raise awareness for the native Arkansas military service members who have died while serving on active duty since September 11, 2001. 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.