The New Jersey Run for the Fallen passed through Ocean City on Thursday, ending with a service at American Legion Post 524, which hosted 11 of the memorial markers.
The four-day, 190-mile run through South Jersey honors service members killed overseas at each mile marker.
The run began at the Cape May Lighthouse early Thursday morning and will continue north Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from Somers Point to Long Beach Island, through Toms River and Point Pleasant, to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Holmdel.
The organization consists of military runners who travel throughout New Jersey in memory of service members killed in Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. The Core Run Team includes members from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst.
Coordinating Ocean City’s efforts is the American Legion Post 524 Committee chaired by Jack Hagan.
“Although they visibly run one mile to honor each fallen hero from current conflicts, participants also remember all New Jersey service members who have laid down their lives for the cause of freedom,” Hagan said. “New Jersey has given 16,408 sons and daughters since World War I.”
— Claire Lowe