TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) – The Florida Run for the Fallen will honor 1,067 Floridians who have died on duty since the War on Terror began.
Over the next three days, a team of marathon-trained runners will walk a tribute trail from the steps of the Capitol Building in Tallahassee to the Veterans War Memorial in Jacksonville.
The event was organized by George Lutz from Virginia. He is the founder of the Honor and Remember Foundation, which was established after his son Corporal George A. “Tony” Lutz II was killed in Iraq.
“So many of our military gave their lives in this state, and many families live in this state. That is why it is important that we can pronounce their names out loud and honor them very unique and special ”, said Lutz Katie Kaplan from WCTV. “There is nothing like it in the country”
He said he hoped to pay the moving tribute to all 50 states.
At Florida’s opening event, marathon runners will start at 6:30 a.m. on Friday. They will carry the flags of honor and commemoration on their journey and will stop 57 times on Friday alone to hold mini-ceremonies and read the names of fallen soldiers. Sometimes they meet the families of some of these soldiers.
“It’s a stressful event,” said Lutz.
By the time they reach their destination on Sunday lunchtime, the crew will have run more than 170 miles in three days, honoring all 1,067 names loudly.
The event is streamed live online and there is also a map of their course there for anyone looking to find where a soldier’s name is read or to join in person during a tribute.
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