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Run for the Fallen to pass through area, stop in Edenton

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America’s Run for the Fallen, a 6,100-mile run across 19 states to honor fallen U.S. soldiers, will stop in Edenton for a ceremony on July 30 at 7:30 p.m. The run will continue the next day through Perquimans, Pasquotank, Camden and Currituck counties.

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From staff reports

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Area residents will have an opportunity to honor fallen heroes by participating in America’s Run for the Fallen as the 6,100-mile run stops in Edenton on July 30.

The Run for the Fallen is scheduled to cross from South Carolina into North Carolina on July 23, 2018, on U.S. Highway 17. Runners are honoring fallen heroes by stopping for 90 seconds every mile for the reading of the name of a service member who died in a military action.

The run is slated to arrive in Chowan County around 5 p.m. on July 30 and continue to the corner of Queen and Broad streets in Edenton, where the ceremony is planned for 7:30 p.m. The run will then depart Edenton on July 31 at 7:30 a.m. and head north on Broad Street to U.S. 17 and continue its trek toward Arlington National Cemetery. The tentative schedule calls for runners to arrive in Perquimans County around 8 a.m., Pasquotank around 11:45 a.m., Camden around 1:35 p.m., and Currituck around 3:10 p.m.

Local support for the run is being provided by American Legion Post 40 and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 40.

There are two opportunities for anyone wishing to run with the group. You may meet the runners on U.S. 17 south of Edenton and join the run into Edenton or join the group as it departs Edenton and run as far you will.

Run for the Fallen, initiated by Honor and Remember Inc., calls attention to and specifically honors the men and women who have died during the War on Terror, beginning with the bombing of the USS Cole on Oct 12, 2000.

A rotating team of more than 400 active-duty military and civilians from across the nation are participating in the run, a 19-state, 6,100-mile journey to honor every fallen service member, numbering nearly 20,000. Each mile of the route will be dedicated to individual heroes and their families, based on their chronological date of death.

Carrying a full size American flag, Honor and Remember Flag and Honor and Sacrifice Flag along with hero information, each relay team will stop at one-mile intervals for an apolitical reflection of remembrance of each service member, where a pre-staked “Hero Marker” is placed. There they will call each name out loud and deliver a short tribute for waiting Gold Star family members, friends,comrades and patriots.

Each day, runners cover about 50 miles and conclude with a ceremony at planned stopping points in local towns and communities.

The run is traveling through California, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia. It’s scheduled to finish at Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday, Aug. 5.

For more information about local participation in the run, call American Legion Post 40 at 482-4057, email info@post40edenton.com or visit www.runforthefallen.org.

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