If you are planning to be at your loved one's marker here are a few things to know or do:
- Find your loved one's location, date and time on the spreadsheet or by searching find a hero.
- Determine Hero Marker location by selecting the Map link by each date.
- On your day, select your marker in the map and navigate to its location through Google maps.
- Physical Hero Markers will be placed at the exact location shown on the map.
- We are following a specific route and schedule based upon the map route, and we will maintain that schedule as closely as possible; however, timing may vary throughout the day.
Q: What is South Carolina Run for the Fallen?
A: South Carolina Run for the Fallen is a statewide relay-style tribute run to honor every South Carolina military service member who has died while serving or as a result of serving during the Global War on Terror, since October 12, 2000. Running 122 miles for over 375 heroes, beginning the first weekend in November.
(36 miles for 2020 only)
Q: How does the Run work?
A: A core team of runners running a specific timed schedule, along with a support crew, will stop at approximate one-mile intervals at pre-placed markers and speak aloud the name of each fallen service member assigned to that Hero Marker. Family members, friends and patriots will be waiting at their marker to meet the runners and hear each name called out in a short ceremony. Each ceremonial stop will be about 1 minute as runners then continue toward the next marker. A short End of Day ceremony is held each day to allow fellowship with families and runners. (End of Day ceremony is canceled for 2020)
Q: What support are you looking for?
A: Volunteer and financial support is needed. We need commitments from runners, support crew, law enforcement, sponsors, organizations, media and individual communities.
Q: What Heroes are being honored along this tribute trail?
A: Our focus for this event is the Global War on Terror. We have identified over 375 South Carolina fallen service members who have died while serving or as a result of serving during this period. Criteria includes all military service members regardless of cause of death. We call out the names from the GWOT, but ultimately we run for them all.
Q: Is this tribute primarily for those who died in action?
A: No, the Honor and Remember® organization and Flag recognizes all military service members who died while serving or as a result of serving regardless of circumstance. Subsequently, our Run for the Fallen event honors all of those service members who served and died, whether in battle or due to the overwhelming emotional scars of serving.
Q: How do I search to see if my Fallen Hero is being honored?
A: Every fallen service member since October 12, 2000 should be listed in our database. Click on FIND A HERO on our home page to search for your friend or loved one.
Q: My Hero did not die during the period of the Global War on Terror (GWOT), will they still be honored?
A: Although Run for the Fallen is focused on the time period from October 12, 2000 forward, we have in place many opportunities to honor your loved one. Hero Markers will be placed approximately every mile, each designated for 2 or 3 of South Carolina's Heroes. At the end of each day, there will be a planned ceremony where any family member or friend who attends will have the opportunity to honor their loved one. Look over our route and determine where you possibly could attend and let us know. We are dedicated to include every fallen service member possible depending on family availability.
(End of Day ceremony canceled for 2020)
Q: What if the Hero's information is missing or inaccurate?
A: If you find any errors in the listed information, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or you may click on the FIND A HERO link and fill in the ADD A HERO section with updates.
Q: What if I can't find my Hero on the Run for the Fallen search?
A: When you do a search to FIND A HERO and they are not identified, there will be a link titled "ADD A HERO ". Please fill out all required information, and once we verify they will be added to the Run. While we have an extensive list of service members there may be many that we have missed. We need to hear from you if you cannot find your loved one along the route.
Q: Can a family member, friend, or comrade run with the core team for their mile?
A: Yes, but due to our tight schedule, they must be capable of keeping pace with our team members, typically an 8-9 minute/mile pace. Ideally we would have you join us for the End of Run ceremony at the State House in Columbia where all families will have the opportunity to walk a 1/2 mile loop with the runners in honor of their loved one.
(End of Run ceremony is canceled for 2020)
Q: Can I stand and wait for the Run Team to arrive at my Hero's Marker?
A: We encourage ALL family members and friends to be at their loved one's marker if at all possible. Please bring photos, posters, banners, Honor and Remember® Flags or whatever personal tribute you would like to visually make. We realize that there may be some great distance for some to travel. If you cannot attend, please send someone in your place or select another hero along the route closest to you to stand for. Each ceremonial stop will be about 1 minute as runners then run toward next marker. Also, please join us at each end of day ceremony so we can be sure to call your loved one's name and honor you as well.
Caution: each Hero Marker is placed approximately one mile apart. Some placements may not be along road conditions that are conducive to safely parking or 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 close by in a safer location and letting us know where you may be waiting..
Q: What will the Hero Marker Look Like?
A: Markers will be printed in color on an 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of paper, typically stapled to a telephone pole, tie strapped to a sign or light pole, or stapled to a stake in the ground.
Q: When Should I arrive at my Hero's Marker?
A: Each mile is specifically timed 10 minutes apart in most areas. Depending on road conditions and weather, they could be on time or behind. We suggest you within 30 minutes ahead of schedule. Each ceremonial stop will be about 1 minute as runners then continue toward next marker.
Q: I can't make it to our marker but would still like to participate.
A: Due to time and distance restraints we know you may not be available to directly participate at your specific marker; however, we encourage you to send friends or relatives to yours and you could stand for another family in a location that may be closer in proximity to you.
Q: Can my Hero's marker be moved to another location?
A: If you determine that there may be a more convenient location to you, please let us know and we will work to accommodate.
We realize that some families may not be able to attend their marker. In this regard we can offer a couple of options:
- If you can be at your marker with us, then great! If you can't be with us, then please follow us as we honor your hero on Facebook LIVE. See our national Run for the Fallen Facebook page for details.
- If you cannot attend, please send a relative or a friend to be there, maybe even another GS family. You could in turn be at their marker somewhere closer. Also, there will be a ceremony at the end of each day that you could attend.
Q: Are there other ways that I can get involved?
A: There are many ways to help us fulfill this mission, and our needs are many and varied. Volunteer and financial support is needed. We need commitments from runners, support crew, law enforcement, sponsors, organizations, media and individual communities.