Healing continues: Ceremonies, run, fest to commemorate tragedy
FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood will host several events set for early November commemorating the one-year anniversary of the loss of 13 people and the wounding of dozens more here Nov. 5, 2009.
On Nov. 5, Fort Hood will hold two ceremonies. The first, a 10 a.m. award ceremony, will recognize more than 54 Soldiers and civilians whose actions Nov. 5 went above and beyond the call of duty. The morning event, by invitation only, is expected to draw more than 100 family members of the fallen.
A Remembrance Ceremony set for 1 p.m. Nov. 5 is open to the public. That ceremony is an opportunity to pay tribute to the Nov. 5 fallen. Following the event, a moment of silence and a post-wide retreat ceremony will be conducted. All Soldiers will be released from duty at 2 p.m. that day.
On Nov. 6, the installation will host a series of running events called “Run to Remember.” The public is invited to take part in either a one-mile fun run, a five-kilometer run or a 13.1-mile half marathon.
At each of the mile markers of the half marathon, the installation will place a placard which includes a photo of one of the 13 Nov. 5 fallen. Additionally, more than 550 gold stars commemorating all of the Fort Hood Soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice over the past seven years of combat will be placed along the route. The runs are set to begin at 8 a.m.
Begining at noon Nov. 6, entertainers will perform in Rock the Hood. The entertainers include Puddle of Mudd, Elvis Crespo, Flyleaf, Chris Cagle and Nas. This free event is open to the public. Shuttle service to Sadowski Field will be available from designated parking lots on the installation. Call 286-5342 for details.
Registration is available now for the Run to Remember. The pre-registration fee for the 5K and half-marathon events is $15. Race-day registration costs $20, and begins at 6:30 a.m. at the venue. To sign up early, call 285-5459 or visit www.hoodmwr.com and click on the Run to Remember icon.
Media interested in covering these events must register at www.forthoodpresscenter.com under Contact us/Media registration forms no later than noon Nov. 2. Media may contact the III Corps and Fort Hood Public Affairs Office at (254) 287-0106/9993 or after duty hours at (254) 449-4023. On the day of the event media should meet PAO at the south parking lot of the Fort Hood visitor's center at least one hour prior to the events begining.
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