How it Works

Begins with a Hero Marker...

We will be running a one (1) mile loop around Jones Valley Park in Huntsville Alabama. There will be a designated Hero Marker on the loop.

A team of athletes running 9-10 minute miles will arrive at the Hero Marker at a designated time (or as close as possible). When runners arrive at the hero marker they will be carrying four flags, American, State, Honor and Remember and Sacrifice Flags as well as the hero's info and small flag sets.

Once arriving runners will position in a specific order. They will then read the name of the hero, branch of service and date of death. We will run for hundreds of fallen heroes so some mile readings may have multiple names. After each name is read a set of small flags is held and then touched to the ground. Once all names are read a hand salute is called.

Runners will take turns carrying and placing the flags. After salute the runners will pay respects to waiting immediate family members if present with hugs.

This will be accomplished in 90 seconds or less. There will be no hesitation, other families are waiting ahead. Each mile is specifically accounted for, 10 minutes apart.

Runners will pick up the next heroes information, sets of flags and continue for the next mile loop.

Families can visit together before and after runners arrive at that marker.

ceremony At Each

  1. Runners approach Hero Marker.

  2. Runners with four flags position 

  3. Lead Runner calls attention and asks for GSFs present.

  4. Lead runner reads hero information.

  5. Small flags are touched to ground for each name.

  6. Runners salute the hero and family. (pay respects)

  7. New cards and flags are handed to a runner for the next mile.

  8. Runners begin on the next mile loop.

hero marker

Hero Road Marker

Runner Card

Hero Runner Card