YOU CAN HELP!
CRITICAL NEEDS - if you have any interest or contacts, please fill out our Contact Form.
1. Core Runners
2. Sponsors to offset costs including accommodations, insurance and shirts,
3. Volunteers for assigned tasks & logistics,
4. Patriotic Americans to be at each Hero Marker for families,
5. Food for each day both lunch & dinner for runners, volunteers and families,
6. Hotels each night for runners, volunteers and families,
7. Decorate hero markers,
8. Help with media awareness including radio, TV, newspapers etc.
Most importantly we need your presence at one or more Hero Markers near you. (Check out the Route for where we are going.) One of the most important ways to honor our Illinois fallen military is to be a Hero Marker when the run team arrives. These runners need to be appreciated and encouraged as they are investing their day and going a distance of 50 miles in honor of our Illinois Fallen and their families. By visibly showing support it energizes the runners and inspires them to continue knowing that there are others who appreciate the effort, not for themselves but for those who they run for.
Gold Star Families are encouraged to stand by your Hero's Marker, Bring your Honor and Remember personalized Flags, banners, photos, posters, friends, family and co-workers. The runners will stop at your mile and honor you and your loved one. Look at photos from Illinois during the 2018 national Run For The Fallen to get an idea. We will post a list in the final week with your hero's name and the exact location and time the runners will arrive.
Veterans and Patriots we need you! Come out on your own or with your local organization. Community clubs such as Elks, Ruritans, Rotary, Lions , Eagles etc, we need everyone to be a part of making this tribute journey amazing.
Public Safety Officials - We have incorporated our newest Honor and Sacrifice Flag for fallen first responders. If you are in the law enforcement or EMT community please consider joining us and carrying this new tribute in honor of your brethren.
Schools, churches, businesses, corporations, patriotic Americans all, come out in your community and support this effort.
Caution: each Hero Marker is placed approximately one mile apart. Some placements may not be along roads that are conducive to safely standing on the side of the highway. Please use wise judgement when waiting for the runners to arrive, safety for all is our number one concern. You may want to consider standing at another marker in a safer location.
We have specific days and times scheduled so that you can plan your day around a Hero Marker, click on route links above.