A local organization will be honoring fall heroes and involve area communities in the process. Jack Barnes, board member of America – Celebrate, Honor & Serve (A-CHS), recently announced that the organization has taken the leadership role in organizing, planning and coordinating runners for the Texas leg of America’s Run for the Fallen military tribute.
In one of the most comprehensive tributes ever organized, America’s Run for the Fallen will recognize nearly 20,000 fallen military service members by name, one mile at a time across the nation, by blazing a tribute route that spans 19 states over five months. A rotating team of active duty military and public will take on the 6,100-mile journey and dedicate each mile of the route to individual heroes and their families, based on the chronological date of death, where a pre-staked “Hero Marker” will be placed in their memory. Every hero has been attached to a specific mile and day. The names being honored to include every service member who died during the War on Terror while on active duty or as a result of active duty, including all branches of service and all causes of death. For information, go online to www.runforthefallen.org.
“A-CHS partnering with America’s Run for the Fallen was an easy decision,” Barnes said. “We will honor Texas Fallen with appropriate ceremonies in each city and educate the next generation on service, sacrifice and the true cost of Freedom. We are honored to carry the US and Texas flags in tribute to Texas Fallen and Gold Star Families.”
A-CHS is a proactive support organization for military, veterans, law enforcement, fire, first responders and their families, and the families of fallen heroes in Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle. Its mission is to “celebrate freedom and honor the American flag every day, honor those patriots who serve our country with public events, and serve those who make selfless sacrifices for our country and community.”
The one-week Texas route is scheduled for May 16-23. Cities being visited include Canyon, as well as Clovis, Farwell, Bovina, Friona, Hereford, Dawn, Washburn, Amarillo, Claude, Clarendon, Memphis, Estelline, Childress, and Quanah. High school running teams from each city have volunteered to participate in honoring the Fallen Heroes. Runtastic Running Club from Amarillo will also participate.
On Thursday, May 17, a ceremony honoring 61 fall heroes will be held at about 7:15 p.m. on the Square.
At 8:15 a.m. Friday, May 18, Canyon High School will hold an RFTF ceremony honoring 60 fallen heroes. Runners will be CHS students running 6.4 miles.
From there, the event will continue north into Amarillo. The end of the Texas run will come Wednesday, May 23, as runners from Quanah High School will run eight miles to the Oklahoma border.
The public is encouraged to attend and participate as the run travels through each city. Bring a flag and wave it for freedom and respect for the fallen. If you would like to run or participate, contact Barnes at (806) 681-1418.