WHEN: Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 9:00am (rain or shine) Registration at 8:30am
WHERE: Beaumont Centre, 1152 Monarch St, Lexington Ky
For more info: RFTFKY@yahoo.com
We will be running/walking one mile in honor of any of our fallen service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice in Operation Enduring Freedom or Operation Iraqi Freedom. A list of those service members we will be running in honor of will be available at the event or online at FallenWarriorKY.com . We welcome those who would like to run/walk for fallen members from other past conflicts as well. The event is non-political. There is no cost to register. Click here to print the registration form. Complete it prior to the morning of the run and then all you need to do is turn in the form, receive your runner’s bib and you’re ready to go!
Beginning on Flag Day, June 14, 2008, a dedicated team of runners ran across America from Fort Irwin, California, to Arlington National Cemetery. Runners traveled one mile for every Soldier, Sailor, Airmen, and Marine killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Runners kept the memories of fallen heroes alive and raised awareness for support organizations that help wounded veterans and family members of those that have been killed. For ten weeks, team members marked each mile with an American flag and sign card in an apolitical reflection of remembrance of each service member. On Sunday, August 24, 2008, the team reached the gates of Arlington National Cemetery and honored all fallen service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. All Americans were encouraged to join the team on August 24, and run one mile to honor those who have fought, and those who have fallen under the American flag. Participants in all 50 states posted combined mileage on Run for the Fallen’s website.
HOW DID THE LEXINGTON KY RUN ORIGINATE??
Does it ever seem like most people have forgotten about the sacrifices made by our military? Perhaps the loss of so many lives hasn’t gone unnoticed, but most Americans can’t really say that the loss of American troops has been life changing for them personally. There is one family, however, who has done more than just give our fallen heroes a little bit of thought. The Koshy family of Lexington, Kentucky, has been giving back in a pretty unusual way. Back in 2008, Jonathan Koshy was a sixteen year old high school student living in Lexington, Kentucky, who noticed the lack of attention and concern for our fallen heroes. Jonathan didn’t have a family member serving in the military, but he had enough sense to realize that he lives in a free country. He realized that he has rights and privileges because of the many who willingly stand in the gap for each of us on a daily basis. The Koshy family has obviously done a remarkable job of teaching their children about this great nation’s history and those who have fought to make this American Dream a reality for the rest of us. Jonathan wanted to do something to make a difference and raise awareness in the Lexington community. In his search for a way to bring the sacrifice of our military and their families to our attention, he came across the Run for the Fallen.
…AND IT KEEPS GROWING!!
What Jonathan started in 2008 was taken over by his younger brother, Joshua, who started organizing the event in 2010. Since then, Joshua has been presented with an honorary membership to the Veteran’s Association of the University of Kentucky for his efforts.
Back in 2008, this event began with only forty people showing up to walk/run. It has continued to steadily grow each year most recently reaching near 500 runners. It is our hope that 2013 will bring even more who will come and walk or run one mile in honor of those who have died so that we can live in a free nation.
You can find out more about the event by visiting their website at http://fallenwarriorky.com/ or by emailing RFTFKY@yahoo.com . We hope you will join the Koshy family and the Military Missions family at Lexington’s 6th annual Run for the Fallen.