Arkansas Run for the Fallen

Gold Star Family Memorial Monument

The purpose of the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is to honor Gold Star Families, preserve the memory of the fallen, and stand as a stark reminder that Freedom is not free.

On Thursday, February 22nd at 6 PM, there will be a dinner to recognize the completion of the Beebe Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Project. Our Special Speaker will be Medal of Honor Recipient Hershel "Woody" Williams, the founder of the Gold Star Family Memorial Monument. This dinner will be on the eve of the 73rd anniversary of the date for which he received the Medal of Honor for his actions at Iwo Jima. He is the only surviving Medal of Honor Recipient from the Battle of Iwo Jima and will share how his experiences led to the desire to honor the families of those who have given their lives in service of our country. Tickets for that dinner are now sold out, but we look forward to seeing everyone who purchased one on Thursday.

The dedication of the Beebe Gold Star Family Memorial Monument will be February 23rd at 11 AM. The monument will be dedicated at Beebe Veterans Park, on the corner of W. Dewitt Henry Dr. and N. Pecan St., Beebe, AR. For more information about this monument project please visit the Hershel "Woody" Medal of Honor Foundation here.

7th Annual Arkansas Run for the Fallen

On March 16-18, 2018, in an apolitical reflection of remembrance, a team of runners embark on a 146 mile run to honor every Arkansas service member who has died while serving since September 11, 2001. The run begins in Ozark, Arkansas and ends 146 miles later on the steps of the state Capitol. Each mile of the run is dedicated to an Arkansas Hero. The run team stops at each marker where they present an American Flag and a biographical card in honor of a fallen service member who has died while serving since 9/11/2001 in an effort to create a 146 mile memorial trail through Arkansas. You can find detailed information about the heroes who will be honored and the location of their memorial mile here. The public is invited to join our core run team as they complete the journey and arrive at the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol. The runners should reach the Capitol at approximately 2:10 p.m. with the ceremony at 2:30 p.m. on March 18, 2018. For information about the Arkansas Run for the Fallen 5K visit here.

Traveling Memorial

The Arkansas Run for the Fallen Traveling Memorial has been displayed across the state of Arkansas over the past few years in many communities. The memorial consists of a 3' x 5' flag and placard with a short biography for each Arkansas service member who has died while serving since September 11, 2001. People are able to walk among the flags and read the biographies of the heroes that are honored. To learn more about memorial requirements and scheduled events please click here.

Wreaths Across America

Arkansas Run for the Fallen is very proud to participate in Wreaths across America, a nationwide effort to honor veterans by placing a wreath on their headstone at Christmas. In 2016, through many donations, Arkansas Run for the Fallen's fundraising group was able to provide wreaths for many Arkansas veterans buried at Arkansas veteran cemeteries. We also sponsored and delivered wreaths for the heroes that we honor in the memorial who are buried in the state of Arkansas and across the country. For each wreath sponsored Wreaths Across America will make a donation back to Arkansas Run for the Fallen to help honor Arkansas Fallen Heroes and support the families of Arkansas fallen service members. To sponsor a wreath for an Arkansas veteran in 2018 click here. The Wreaths Across America ceremony for 2018 will be held on December 15, 2018 at 11 AM Central time. Please make plans to join us to honor Arkansas veterans.

The mission of Arkansas Run for the Fallen is to raise awareness for the native Arkansas military service members who have died while serving on active duty since September 11, 2001. The purpose is also to provide support, hope and healing to families grieving the death of a loved one in military service regardless of relationship or circumstance of death.

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Arkansas Run for the Fallen is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. EIN number 45-4054330.
All donations are tax deductible and will be used to honor our fallen heroes.
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