May Memorial Marathon
A month long 24/7 tribute to our nation's fallen heroes....
Every year we are more amazed at the lack of understanding of the meaning and importance of Memorial Day. It is perhaps one of the main reasons that the Honor and Remember Flag exists. Families who have given their loved ones in the service of our country do not need a set aside day to be reminded, every day is Memorial Day for them. What Memorial Day has become is a reminder of how many of those around them don't take the time to care. The Families don't need to be reminded of the sacrifice, we do.
Several years ago Honor and Remember dedicated the month of May to be named Honor and Remember memorial month. It was established to encourage everyone, during this fifth month of the year, to focus on home town military fallen heroes, all thirty-one days. It was the hope that if we embrace daily remembrance, by recognizing specific heroes each day, that by the end of the month we would have enough names honored to punctuate the reason why Memorial Day exists. There are entire movements in this country to bring back the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Although our mission is 365 days of public recognition of sacrifice, Memorial Day does give us an opportunity to speak more directly to the apathy we know exists. In order to emphasize this tradition of remembrance, at the start of each May, we begin a series of State Run for the Fallen events across the country. These runs are all contained to specific locations and have not been structured for national participation. With many states not yet organized we needed to create a program and platform for everyone.
Beginning this May and continuing every year after, we initiate a new tradition. A 24/7 Memorial Marathon. At least one committed runner, sneakers on the ground every minute of every day for 31 days.
Think of it as a virtual relay, one time slot participant handing off to the next in a contiguous tribute chain. Honoring and remembering each hero individually by name or collective as a group. Our goal is to fill every available time slot for the entire: 31 days, 744 hours, 44,640 minutes, 2,678,400 seconds.
How does it work? - sign up to walk/run for 30 minutes on any particular day at any particular time. Your name will be posted on our calendar wall as a committed runner for that time slot. We ask that you decide on heroes from your area and we will post that info as well. What we are creating is an unbroken relay chain of remembrance.
Who can I run for? Run for any fallen hero you know, select someone from your hometown or simply run for the fallen as a group. Additionally you may find information on recent heroes with our search engine by name. HEROES SEARCH.
Or visit any of our State Run Sites and click on their Heroes Link. Most importantly, say their names out-loud as you participate!
Can I run more than one slot? - Absolutely, however we would like to involve as many individuals as possible. That means having committed participants every half-hour for a total of 1488 half hours. If you would like to run from 3-3:00 am everyday all month sign up that way.
What if a time slot is already taken? - Just because a time slot has someone's name does not mean you cant add yours in that spot. There are 1,200 open slots per day and 37,000 for the month. We are hoping for thousands of runners with many overlaps. We do however need to fill every open segment. The more runners the more Heroes are remembered. View Calendar Here!
Is there a cost to participate? - Absolutely not, you may sign up knowing you are committing to running a particular day and time and on the honor system we know it is being done. We would gladly accept a donation to promote the cause!
Is there Bling? - If you are familiar with Honor and Remember, our parent non-profit organization, you understand that our mission is national and all encompassing. The financial needs are many and any help in offsetting is appreciated. With that being said we have designed a beautiful Run for the Fallen cloth patch or Runner's hat which shows your support of our national mission.
What do I do when I'm done? Great question, we want to capture the honoring of every hero so be sure to take a photo or video and along with a pic of your hero post to our FB pages Honor and Remember - Official Page and Run for the Fallen pages. Hash Tag #run4fallen and #memorialmarathon or attach to an email and send to email@example.com
We need your commitment! Pick an open time slot, grab a friend, organize a group and let's raise the bar. Dedicate yourself to the perpetual tribute of those that gave so much.
We hope you will join us in saying "I am honored to remember our military fallen heroes and their families. I participated in the May Memorial Marathon."