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Local woman runs to honor fallen heroes
Pam Howe
Pam Howe. Photo provided.

Georgia Run for the Fallen will be more meaningful than ever this year, as 2021 marks 20 years since the War on Terror began. Pam Howe, of Richmond Hill, proud mother of a U.S. Marine, is doing her part to help this year’s Run for the Fallen event.

“I am a civilian, but I have a deep bond with the military having been the daughter of a Korean War veteran, a U.S. Army spouse for about 20 years and now the proud mother of a U.S. Marine for the last 15 years,” Howe, Vice President of Accounting at Bernard Williams & Company said. She has taken her love and admiration for the military a step further with her fundraising efforts for Georgia Run for the Fallen.

 The 2021 Georgia Run for the Fallen is October 1-3, and the event will honor by name the more than 700 fallen service members from Georgia.

An avid runner who also volunteers as the Deputy Chapter Captain for Team RWB’s (Red, White and Blue) local chapter, she felt drawn to Georgia Run for the Fallen. The special event is modeled after America’s Run for the Fallen and is a compilation of runners and support crew whose mission is to run specific miles for every Georgia service member killed as a result of serving during the War on Terror including Operation Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and New Dawn. Each mile run and each flag saluted pays homage to one service member’s life and their family. In addition to funding the run, Howe and others are trying to raise additional funds this year to present personalized flags to more Georgia Gold Star Families.

Howe recalled her experience with Georgia’s Inaugural Run for the Fallen in 2019. “We ran as a team to honor the fallen. Immediately upon meeting my teammates, there was a bond. We ran 164 miles from Milledgeville to Fort Benning in Columbus over a three-day period and stopped approximately every mile at a Hero Marker to honor by name the 650 service members from Georgia who died as a result of serving during the War on Terror. Gold Star families were present at some markers for us to greet, hug and express our sorrow for their loss. I read the marker for Captain Matthew Freeman of Richmond Hill. Every single stop was very emotional. We felt each family’s pain and their sorrow. In 2020, we held a modified event due to the pandemic.”

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