Fallen New Jersey heroes and their families will be remembered this week in the New Jersey Run for the Fallen. A team of 24 active military from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst will embark on a 190-mile journey across the state in the eighth annual New Jersey Run for the Fallen Wednesday through Sunday, Sept. 21-25. The event honors New Jersey service members who have been lost in recent battles Beirut, Operation Desert Shield, Operation Desert Storm, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation New Dawn, Operation Restore Hope, and the Pentagon 911 attack. They were sons and daughters, parents, friends and neighbors and they all left too soon and died in the service of their country. A bio of each soldier is available on the website www.njrunforthefallen.org
The first leg of the journey will take the runners through Cape May County beginning Thursday, Sept. 22 The runners will set out from the Cape May Lighthouse and finish at the American Legion Post 524 in Ocean City.
Starting Friday, Sept. 23 the runners will wind their way through Atlantic County making 23 stops along the way to honor those fallen heroes and their Gold Star families. Markers will be placed at each mile along their trip that begins at 7:13 a.m. at Somers Point’s Patriots Park where Anthony Sausto, a Somers Point native who was killed in Baghdad in 2007, will be honored. He was just 22 years old and had been in Iraq for only two months when he was killed by small arms fire, according to his bio on the website.
At each mile marker along the route through Atlantic County there will be information about the soldier memorialized. The runners will stop at each marker, salute and present a flag and a personalized bio to family members or friends who are gathered at that location and then the group will run to the next marker to honor the next fallen soldier.
Residents are encouraged to go to stop at one of the hero markers that will be placed along the Atlantic County route. Though the runners follow a very tight schedule, the time of arrival at each location could be slightly off and run organizers suggest arriving at least 30 minutes ahead of the time listed.
The stops through Atlantic County are:
7:12 a.m. Pvt. Anthony J. Sausto - Patriots Park, First St. and Bethel Rd. Somers Point
7:21 a.m. SPC Richard P. Orengo – Grace Lutheran Church, Between Meyran & Dawes Ave. on Shore Rd.
7:33 a.m. Sgt. Sameer A. Ratab-Linwood Community Church, 1838 Shore Rd. Linwood
7:45 a.m. SPC Marc S. Seiden-Shore Rd. and E. Monroe Ave. Linwood
7:57 a.m. SSG Terry W. Hemingway-Marvin Ave. & Shore Rd. Linwood
8:09 a.m. SPC Eric G. Palacios Rivera-Northfield City Hall, 1600 Shore Rd. Northfield
8:21 a.m. SSgt. Anthony L. Goodwin-U.S. Army Reserve Bldg. 133 Shore Rd. Northfield
8:30 a.m. Sgt. Leonard A. Russ-Pleasantville American Legion 81, 904 South Main St. Pleasantville
8:42 a.m. Sgt. Eric L. Snell – Shore Road at E. Reading Ave. Pleasantville
8:54 a.m. Sgt. Tristan Howard Southworth, Shore Rd. at Colorado Ave., Absecon
9:18 a.m. LCpl. Donald S. Brown, - Absecon Veterans Park, 167 New Rd., Absecon
9:30 a.m. PFC Min S. Choi - Rte. 9 at Linden Place, Absecon
9:40 a.m. Pvt. Bradley W. Iorio - Galloway Veterans Memorial Park, 782 Shore Rd. Galloway
9:51 a.m. SPC Narson B. Sullivan – East Village Dr. / U.S. Rt. 9 Galloway
10:02 a.m. Sgt. Christopher D. Coffin – 271 South New York Rd. Galloway
10:14 a.m. Sgt. Brian D. McGinnis – Rte 9 at N. East Somerstown Rd. Galloway
10:24 a.m. Sgt. Trista L. Moretti – Oceanville Vol Fire Co. 186 S. New York Rd. Galloway
10:36 a.m. LCpl. Luke C. Yepsen – Galloway Elks #2845 120 S. New York Rd. Galloway
10:48 a.m. 2Lt. Matthew S. Couto – Community Center sign 1 North New York Rd. Galloway
11:00 a.m. SSgt. Raul M. Guerra – Edwin B. Forsyth National Refuge sign North New York Rd. Galloway
11:12 a.m. Sgt. Jamal M. Rhett - At mile marker 50 over 5 243 N. New York Rd. Galloway
11:22 a.m. Pvt. Michael E. Fremer – Before bridge at speed limit sign-opposite Lindberg Ave. 385 North New York Road, Galloway
11:33 a.m. Sgt. Clarence L. Floyd Jr. – Chestnut Neck Battle Monument, 700 Old New York Rd. Port Republic
The run will then take the team into Ocean County. Visit www.njrunforthefallen.org for the balance of the route and fallen soldiers being remembered. The run winds up at the Gold Star Family Monument in Holmdel at PNC Arts Center parking lot.