Runners begin 130-mile race to honor over 400 fallen military heroes in South Carolina

CHARLESTON, South Carolina (WCSC) — On Friday morning, runners begin their more than 130-mile journey to honor fallen military heroes in South Carolina during the fourth annual Run for the Dead.

They will run from Charleston to Columbia, ending at the State Capitol on Sunday.

These runners are running for the more than 400 South Carolina military heroes who have died in service or died from something that happened in service. Throughout the 130-mile journey, each mile marker is dedicated to individual South Carolina heroes who died during the War on Terror.

The group of runners will stop at each mile marker, or hero marker, to read the hero’s name, rank, branch of service, and date of death, along with an American flag planting ceremony and an Honor and Remember flag.

George Lutz, the founder of Honor and Remember, built the organization around the principle that, as Americans, we need a way to remember the sacrifices our service members made for our freedoms.

He said it came from a time of grief when his son was killed in Iraq in 2005. Lutz said he sees the race as an opportunity to let families know their loved ones have not been forgotten.

“Someone else’s loved one dies for your freedom so yours doesn’t have to. So the most powerful and important thing you can do is be grateful,” said Lutz said.

Lutz says the event will be streamed live on the Run for the Fallen Facebook page for anyone who can’t be there in person but wants to get involved.


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