The annual New Jersey Run for the Fallen will take place in Cape May County on Thursday, Sept. 27. Ocean City’s American Legion Morvay-Miley Post 524, has been an integral part of this event since its inception ten years ago.

The New Jersey Run for the Fallen is an organization of military runners and support crew whose mission is clear and simple: To run one mile for each New Jersey service member who has died during the global war on terror. Each mile of sweat and pain and each flag saluted is to pay homage to one service member’s life and their family. 

The last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday of September, they run across New Jersey to raise awareness of the lives of those who have died, to rejuvenate their memories and keep their spirits alive, to support organizations that aid the families of those killed and to aid in the healing process for the native New Jersey residents whose lives have been affected by the war.

Although they run one mile to honor and remember each fallen hero from the current conflicts, the total run represents all service members from New Jersey who gave their lives. New Jersey has given 16,408 of her sons and daughters. Regardless of war or conflict, branch of service or method of death, they ultimately run for them all, honoring their service and sacrifice. They give tribute to them by name wherever possible and to the sacrifice of the families they left behind.

The opening ceremony will be held 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Naval Air Station Museum, 500 Forrestal Road, Cape May Airport.

On Thursday, Sept. 27, the runners will depart from 500 Forrestal Road and stop to visit 72 hero markers throughout Cape May County. People are encouraged to gather at markers to pay respects. A complete list of the hero markers and the times of arrival by the runners can be found on the website NJRunForTheFallen.org. There are twelve markers in Ocean City. 

American Legion Post 524 will also host a Thursday evening dinner for the Gold Star families, the run team and the run support team at its 46th Street and West Avenue location.