Fort Jackson to hold inaugural “Run for the Fallen”

By Fort Jackson Public Affairs Office

Special to South Carolina Military News

Fort Jackson will join a host of other organizations
across the country Aug. 20 at 8 a.m., as it holds its inaugural
“Run/Walk for the Fallen” at Hilton Field’s softball complex to honor
fallen soldiers and their families.
The Run for the Fallen is an annual event held throughout the United

States to help bring awareness to fallen soldiers. This year Fort
Jackson will honor its Fallen Soldiers with its first 5k run/walk for
their sacrifices to our country. The public is welcome to participate
and sign up may be completed online at:
http://www.fortjacksonmwr.com/acs_sos/index.html. The registration form should be sent to: Survivor Outreach Services, 5450 Strom Thurmond Blvd Room # 223, Fort Jackson, SC 29207 before Aug. 12. Late registration
will be available at Hilton Field from 7 to 7:45 a.m. the day of the
run.

“I want to ensure that we bring awareness through recognizing, honoring,
and showing respect to fallen soldiers, particularly the ones from South
Carolina, with a 5k awareness run/walk. The goal is to complete a safe
and successful event while honoring our fallen soldiers and their
families,” said Maj. Gen. James M. Milano, commanding general.
The Directorate of Army Community Service and Survivor Outreach Services developed and planned the 2011 run and plan for it to be an annual
event. DACS will provide bibs for participants with the name of a South
Carolina Fallen Soldier (there are 245 to date) to include active duty,
reserve and National Guard who has died while on active duty since Sept.
11, 2001. Bibs will also be provided for runners who desire to run for
fallen comrades not from South Carolina.

All Fort Jackson units/activities are encouraged to participate in this
event and it is also open to the public. The Soldier Support Institute
is providing 245 service members to represent each South Carolina fallen
soldier.

According to the “Run for the Fallen” website, last year, there were
over 8,300 participants in 45 states and two countries, running a
combined total of over 49,000 miles in remembrance of those fallen in
Iraq and Afghanistan.

The website states the event began June 14, 2008, when a small team of
runners ran across America to raise awareness about the lives of those
service members who fought, to activate their memories and keep their
spirits alive, to support organizations that help wounded veterans and
the families of those killed, and to aid the healing process for those
Americans whose lives have been affected by the war.
For more information about Fort Jackson’s run/walk, contact Leslie
Smith, SOS Coordinator, at (803) 751-4867/1103 or email her at
Leslie.s.smith@us.army.mil.