Monday, Oct. 31, 2011
FORT GORDON, Ga. -- Each year, Fort Gordon honors personnel who have lost their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.
This is the seventh annual “Tribute to The Fallen." The opening ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 1, beginning at 12:30 p.m. on Barton Field. The commanding officer of the Fort Gordon Marine Corps Detachment will order that 21 rounds of ammunition be delivered to the firing detail that will be formed on Nov. 10. As each runner completes their three-mile lap, the 21 rounds will be passed on to the next runner.
Marines, Navy and other military will run around Barton Field, 24 hours a day for 10 days to honor the more than 1,420 Marines and Navy personnel who lost their lives.
The final lap is scheduled to be run at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday. That will be the 236th Marine Corps Birthday. The entire group who participated, plus supporting Fort Gordon military units and commanders, will participate in the final lap.
The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute.