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    Seventh annual March for the Fallen

    Seventh annual March for the Fallen

    Photo By Spc. Jacob Hoffman | March for the Fallen participants competing in the 28-mile march category climb a...... read more read more



    Story by Staff Sgt. Ashley Childress 

    109th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

    FORT INDIANTOWN GAP, Pa. – The Pennsylvania Army National Guard hosted the seventh annual March for the Fallen event at Strickler Field here Sep. 29.

    The event is held to honor the service members who made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our nation.

    “Our freedom came at a price and that price is what we march for today,” said Air Force Maj. Gen. Tony Carrelli, Pennsylvania's adjutant general, during the opening ceremony. “Thank you for coming out today to honor the fallen.”

    Carrelli recognized the Gold Star and survivor family members in attendance, many of whom said they appreciated the magnitude of the event. Some even participated in the different event categories. Gold Star Mother’s and Family’s Day is observed on the last Sunday of September every year, and falls on Sep. 30 this year.

    More than 630 service members and civilians participated in this year’s March for the Fallen event. Event categories included a 28 mile and 14-mile march, a 28-mile hand cycle route, and a 5k walk/run. Participants competed individually or as a team to complete the challenging courses.

    "It took approximately one year of planning and the support of over 200 volunteers to run this event," said Army Capt. Eric Luke, event planner and officer in charge. “I could not be more proud of the turn out this year and the support from the staff to honor our fallen.”

    Pennsylvania Survivor Outreach Services held a survivor’s event coinciding with this year's March for the Fallen. The survivor's event was held to promote and enable family members to have a strong, ongoing connection with the military. The families were escorted around Fort Indiantown Gap by Martin Rafalko, Survivor Outreach Services coordinator. Participating families attended a luncheon with Carrelli and Command Sgt. Maj. Harry Buchanan III, Pennsylvania's senior enlisted advisor.



    Date Taken: 10.01.2018
    Date Posted: 10.01.2018 14:11
    Story ID: 295052
    Location: ANNVILLE, PA, US 

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