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Monroe VFW Post 7511 hosts first ever virtual Flags for our Fallen 5K event

Monroe VFW Post 7511 and its Auxiliary are excited to announce that the 2020 Flags for our Fallen memorial run has transitioned to virtual!  Reflecting a true dedication to its mission of honoring veterans who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Military, Post 7511 invites the community to participate in this online event on Saturday, August 22nd.
2019 Flags for Our Fallen 5K. Photo courtesy of VFW Post 7511.

From a July 23, 2020, Monroe VFW Post 7511 press release.

Monroe VFW Post 7511 and its Auxiliary are excited to announce that the 2020 Flags for our Fallen memorial run has transitioned to virtual!

Reflecting a true dedication to its mission of honoring veterans who have lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Military, Post 7511 invites the community to participate in this online event on Saturday, August 22nd.

Visit the Post 7511 Facebook page at 0930 for the opening ceremonies, featuring Post 7511 member Shane Williams as emcee, a welcoming message from Commander Terry Stinson, Post member Casi Fisher singing the National Anthem, a brief address by Monroe Mayor Geoffrey Thomas, and a few words from Gold Star Mothers representative DeEtte Wood.

Registration is $30, kids under 12 can register for free, and race participants can run or walk their 5Ks anywhere they like!

Registration must be completed by July 26th to ensure a free, custom made Flags for our Fallen t-shirt.

We strongly encourage all race participants to activate this event on August 22nd via various social media platforms by posting photos using the hashtag: #flags4rfallen.

Traditionally held in May in alignment with Memorial Day, the 2020 event was delayed in response to the presence of COVID-19 in communities across the country and in accordance with statewide prohibitions on large gatherings. Now more than ever, Post 7511 recognizes the importance of bringing the community together to mourn, honor and remember those who gave their “last full measure of devotion” in service to this country.

Further, this year’s event shines a grace-filled light on the living casualties of warfare, the Gold Star family members, who are to be commended for their ever-present sacrifice.

Gold Star family members are the immediate family member(s) of servicemen and servicewomen who have died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. We see you, we feel your loss, and we honor you.

“This year’s event is about perseverance and resilience,” said Flags for our Fallen Committee Chair Eric Ciocco.

He went on to say, “It is our duty to recognize and honor the veterans who have died while defending our freedom and we are thrilled to extend that honor to our Gold Star families. We invite our community members to register and participate in this virtual event proudly. Your support directly furthers Post 7511’s mission of serving veterans in need today and every day.”

This year marks the fourth annual Flags for our Fallen, which was founded in 2017 as a way to heighten awareness of Post 7511, bolster membership, and increase the Post’s capacity for service.

Since then, the post has nearly quadrupled in size, vastly enhancing its ability to serve veterans and the community. It has additionally reinstated its Post 7511 Auxiliary, to further extend its reach.  

As in years past, business sponsorship opportunities are available. Your sponsorship directly supports Post 7511, helping it to carry out its mission in these challenging times. As a Post, this work is more critical now than ever, as the challenges our comrades face under normal circumstances are amplified by the extraordinary hardship resulting from COVID-19.

Your sponsorship helps ensure a crucial continuity of operations as the Post seeks uninterrupted service to veterans and the community, including veteran aid and care, legislative advocacy, support for military families, and youth-oriented educational activities that promote patriotism.

For more about Monroe VFW Post 7511, please visit the Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/vfwpost7511/.

For more about Flags for our Fallen, please visit: https://www.flags4rfallen.com/.

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