Hundreds gathered in the pre-dawn hours on Saturday, Sept. 23, at Fort Indiantown Gap for the 12th annual March for the Fallen, honoring the memory and sacrifice of fallen service members.

The event coincided with the weekend of Gold Star Mother’s Day.

The event began at 6:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony, where Brig. Gen. Laura McHugh, Deputy Adjutant General-Army, shared her remarks to honor the bravery and dedication of fallen soldiers.

The March for the Fallen, hosted by the USO in partnership with the Pennsylvania National Guard, offered participants a choice of a 28-mile ruck march, a 14-mile ruck march, a 5K run/walk or a 28-mile hand cycle around Fort Indiantown Gap’s extensive training areas.

The 28- and 14-mile ruck marches began at 7:00 a.m., followed by the 5K run/walk at 8:00 a.m., and the 28-mile hand cycle at 10:00 a.m.

Community members and families, gathered together in support and remembrance, emphasized the importance of the event in keeping the memory of the fallen alive, ensuring their sacrifices continue to be acknowledged and respected by all.

The March for the Fallen, open to the public, annually draws a crowd, reinforcing the community’s support for the military and the individuals who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation’s security and freedom.

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