Relay Team to Cover One Mile for Each Fallen Service Member in Run from Sunset Beach in Cape May to NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel, NJ

Holmdel, NJ -- In an apolitical reflection of remembrance, a team of active duty and reserve Airmen and Soldiers from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, along with a team of wounded veterans, will embark on a 154-mile journey to honor each and every New Jersey service member killed in Iraq and Afghanistan in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

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“NJ Run for the Fallen” will kick off on Friday, September 23 with a two-mile run/walk from Cape May Lighthouse to Sunset Beach, where there will be a “Sunset Flag Ceremony” with Mr. Marvin Hume. At 6:30 a.m. the following morning (Saturday, September 24), the run team will start from Sunset Beach on the two-day, 154-mile run to finish at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel on National Gold Star Family Day, Sunday, September 25, 2011. A Gold Star Family is one who has lost a son or daughter in military service.  Every mile has been dedicated to an individual NJ Hero and the run team will stop at each Hero Marker that will line the route, to present a flag and personalized biographical card to waiting family members and friends, with the goal of creating a 154- mile memorial trail through New Jersey.

This year, our Run Team will be joined in Cape May by members of Team Hope for the Warriors. H4W is a team of wounded service members who will be on foot and in adaptive wheelchairs as an integral part of our Run Team. In their honor, the Friday two-mile run/walk has been named “NJRFTF Hope for the Warriors Lighthouse Run/Walk” and the public is invited to participate alongside our wounded warriors. More details are available on our website at www.NJRunfortheFallen.org and at http://hopeforthewarriors.org/index.html.  

On the morning of Sunday, September 23, the Run will pause at VFW Post 4715 in Point Pleasant to honor and remember the 18 NJ Heroes from Beirut, Lebanon, Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield, and Somalia.  On Sunday afternoon, as the Run enters Holmdel, there will again be opportunities for the public to show their support and run alongside our team for either a one-mile or five-mile segment, continuing to the PNC Bank Arts Center to finish at the NJ Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, where there will be a ceremony not only to mark the end of the Run, but also to dedicate a Gold Star Family remembrance area and to Honor and Remember the four NJ Heroes who died in the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

For more information and to learn how to participate by joining the run, donating, or volunteering, please visit the NJ Run for the Fallen website at www.njrunforthefallen.org and the Hope For The Warriors website at http://hopeforthewarriors.org.