Ft. Jackson hosting run to honor fallen soldiers | Community Spirit
Fort Jackson will host its second annual Run for the Fallen, honoring fallen Soldiers, at 8 a.m. Aug. 18, at Hilton Field’s softball complex.
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 again honor South Carolina’s Fallen Soldiers with a 5k run/walk.
Last year was Fort Jackson’s first time hosting the event, which was attended by 1,300 people to raise awareness for wounded veterans, build support for the families of those killed in combat, and to aid the healing process for those Americans whose lives have been affected by the war.
“The families of the fallen are definitely impacted,” said Survivor Outreach Services Coordinator Leslie Smith, “It shows the Army still cares, and that (Families) can turn to the Army whenever they need help, and that there are services provided to assist them in their time of need.”
Last year, 7,000 runners in 32 states and two countries ran a combined 39,352 miles in remembrance of service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of the Run/Walk for the Fallen program.
The Soldier Support Institute is providing 291 service members to represent each South Carolina Fallen Soldier. Each runner will have the name of a South Carolina Fallen Soldier who died while on active duty since Sept. 11, 2001. Runner bibs will also be available for participants who desire to run for Fallen Comrades not from the State of South Carolina.
Army Community Services and Survivor Outreach Services will provide bibs for participants through online registration.
This event is free and open to the public.
All Fort Jackson units and activities, as well as community members are encouraged to participate and show honor to our South Carolina Fallen Soldiers.
Contact Leslie.S.Smith@us.army.mil to register or call (803) 751-4867/1103.
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