FORT LEE, Va. – Registration is open for Fort Lee’s seventh annual Run for the Fallen, set for 10 a.m., May 13 at Williams Stadium. Participation is free and open to the public.
“This run reminds us all there is a cost to freedom,” said Angela Bellamy, Fort Lee Survivor Outreach Services coordinator. “It shows our Gold Star Families their loved ones’ names and sacrifices are never forgotten – that we will always remember.”
The event will include a survivors’ lap led by the Virginia Patriot Guard and remarks by featured speaker, E. Bruce Heilman, Chancellor at the University of Richmond. A Marine “once and always,” Heilman is a national spokesman for The Greatest Generation Foundation and The Spirit of ‘45.
Participants may elect to walk or run a 1-mile or 5-mile course. Run pre-registration is available through 5 p.m., Thursday, May 11 at www.leemwr.com/runforthefallen or by calling (804) 734-6445 or 734-6446.
Check-in begins at 8:30 a.m., May 13 and previously unregistered participants may also check-in at that time.
For pre-registered runners, packet pick-up is available at the Army Community Services office May 9-10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., or at the event.
Photographs of fallen military service members for display along the run route may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com through May 9.
Run for the Fallen is part of a national, nonprofit initiative that started 10 years ago when a group of civilians decided to run from Fort Irwin, Calif., to Arlington National Cemetery.
Last year at the Fort Lee event alone, 6,400 participants paid tribute to fallen military members by running and walking more than 18,000 miles. Each year, the total mile figure is reported to the national Run for the Fallen organization.
Fort Lee Soldiers, families and civilian employees began a century of support to the nation in 1917 when Camp Lee was established to train the 80th Division for service during WWI. Today, Fort Lee is the Army’s Home of Sustainment and supports the training, education and development of adaptive Army professionals in fields such as transportation, supply, culinary arts and equipment repair and maintenance. Major organizations on the installation include the Defense Commissary Agency, Defense Contract Management Agency, Combined Arms Support Command, the Army Logistics University, U.S. Army Ordnance School, U.S. Army Quartermaster School and U.S. Army Transportation School. Fort Lee supports nearly 86,000 Soldiers, retirees, veterans, family members and civilian employees and boasts an economic impact of about $2.4 billion per year.