|Communities in Long Island welcome the runners as they pass through|
What are your plans for this Memorial Day Weekend? A backyard BBQ, a pool party, maybe catching a movie?
But wait, Memorial Day was established so that we remember the men and women who have died while serving our country. What will you do to honor Memorial Day?If you live in New York City or Long Island, you have the opportunity to be a part of an event that will honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
On Saturday, May 25, a group of service members, veterans and first responders will start at the tip of Long Island and run in pairs until they reach Ground Zero the next day. Along the way, a member of each pair will carry a flag, the American flag and a Hope For The Warriors® flag.
The Memorial 100 was organized by three Marines who deployed with 3rd Battalion 25th Marine Regiment to Iraq in 2005. Their battalion was tasked with training the Iraqi Security Forces and conducting stability and security operations in and around the cities of Iraq's Al Anbar province. The unit lost 46 Marines and 2 Sailors during the course of the six month deployment, making it one of the largest unit sacrifices in the war.
|The runners approach Ground Zero|
We invite everyone to join us along the relay route. At times, our runners will be tired and will appreciate the encouragement and the support. But they are running more than 24 hours to bring attention to their fellow brothers who have been lost along the way.And for those that join us, the experience will be unforgettable.
For the route of the Memorial 100, street by street, view, download or print here.