Jacksonville, NC, April 06, 2012 --(PR.com
)-- The Liberty Run Marines Group, Jersey City Police Marines Association, and a group of wounded warriors will take part in a 600 plus mile relay run to raise funds and awareness for our wounded warriors and pay tribute to the sacrifices of all our veteran brothers. On the morning of April 16, 2012 the group will start at the Purple Heart Memorial at Journal Square in Jersey City and run to the Beirut Memorial at Camp Lejeune, NC arriving on the Saturday morning, April 21st. The day’s events will consist of the Chrome and Fire Salute Rally, Wreath Presentation Ceremony, Chrome and Fire Bike and Car Show and a benefit concert featuring Jackyl.
The mission: to raise funds and awareness for the wounded warriors and pay tribute to all veterans. The name of the run is based on a Marine Corps core values.
Honor - our combat wounded veterans.
Courage - they show both on and off the battlefield.
Commitment -to these warriors and their families who continue to give so much.
The runners are a mixed group of Beirut Veteran Marines, current active duty, and wounded warrior Marines. The runners will pause 63 minutes on Wednesday, April 18 at 1pm to honor the victims of that devastating attack and to commemorate the 29 year anniversary of the Beirut Embassy bombing in 1983. The significance of the location of the finish line, at the Beirut Memorial in Jacksonville, ties the group’s connection with the war on terror with two generations of Marines. The American Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon was attacked when a pickup truck laden with an estimated 2000lbs of explosives detonated. Although not the first of its kind, it was the first time a terrorist bombing occurred directly against a United States Embassy. After the run is finished, a commemoration wreath presentation will take place at the Beirut Memorial.
Logistically, the runners will travel light, living in camper trailers, vans and on occasion, a hotel. Dave English outlines the task; “We are trying to be flexible, a versatile plan we describe as being a cross between Forrest Gump meets the battle of Iwo Jima.” As a means to cover the costs and still raise funds for the Wounded Warriors, the Liberty Run Marines Group (LRMG) offers a flag sponsorship for any person or company who would like to sponsor a runner. Annin & Company, the American Flag maker from New Jersey, is making LRMG 100 flags that the runners will carry during the run, and those flags are being sold as a commemorative item. The flags will be set flat and open, matted with the names of the runners inscribed, and presented in a gold frame. Interested flag sponsors can visit www.lrmg.org to place an order.
The Chrome and Fire Salute Rally is a line of motorcycles along the 17A by-pass off ramp leading up to the Beirut Memorial, from the south end, that will greet the HCC runners as they pass with a roar of their engines. The goal is to get 1000 riders to rev their engines in a roar that can be heard for miles. For registration and details please visit www.lrmg.org and click on the Chrome and Fire tab or visit the New River Harley-Davidson (910-346-9997).
In 1985, between deployments to the Mediterranean, 18 Marines and 3 Navy Corpsman set out on a non stop, 610 mile marathon run, from Camp Geiger, NC to Liberty State Park, NJ to raise funds for the restoration of the Statue Of Liberty. The run was completed in 4 days and a check for $5000 was given to Morris Pesin, founder of Liberty State Park. Morris stated that "the Marines arrived, dropped off... a check and left to go save the world".
26 years later in June of 2011, that same group came together for a reunion, as well as to be honored by the City of Jersey City. The mayor of Jersey City proclaimed these Marines to be known as "Lady Liberty's Marines". It was during that weekend that the former Marines decided to establish a non profit group to help our returning military veterans. The Liberty Run Marines Group was officially formed and the mission was established to assist and support the military veteran. To view a short documentary on the event visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C_yDp00ZrBo.