For the first time in seven years, the march in Middle Tennessee to honor Fallen Soldiers will take place in three countries and several states, all on August 12.
Soldiers will be marching in Afghanistan and also at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, to honor their brothers and sisters who have been lost in the fight.
Currently, there are 150 marchers signed up to participate in the Lebanon, Tennessee, march and more are expected to show up the day of the event.
The starting point is the Lebanon National Guard Armory and will conclude at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
Participants are asked to be at the Armory by 3 pm on Friday with comfortable walking shoes as their number one priority. There will be water points along the way.
Having served in the military is not a requirement to participate. There are no restrictions on those supporting the military and those who remember the fallen.
Last year, a portion of the proceeds from the Fallen Soldiers March were donated to Spc. Trevor Groetken for a therapy dog that helps him deal with his injuries of war.
This year funds from the event will be donated to A Soldier’s Child Birthday fund. (Keeping the memory of fallen parents alive).
As for the event’s organizer, MSG Jim Williams, he knows about war first-hand. In September of 2004 his vehicle was ambushed by an IED in Iraq.
When he returned from the war he wanted to show his support for those who were still over there and for those who had paid the ultimate price.
In MSG Williams’ own words, “At first it was just me and old glory. When I got home from Iraq I could not believe how normal everything was, so I decided to remind people that we have soldiers dying overseas.”
For those who are unable to participate in the march, there is plenty of real estate along the way to come out and show your support.
Examiner’s Note: The Lebanon National Guard Armory is located at 1010 Leeville Pike in Lebanon. The march begins at 4 p.m. local time and marchers should be there by 3 p.m. Please check out Fallen Solders March on Facebook for more information.
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