Run for the Fallen New Jersey

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Cape May Point, NJ – On a quiet Friday morning in the Point, a parade appears out of nowhere.  There are no spectators and no music.

Runners holding  an American flag, motorcycles with flashing lights , two huge Teamsters vans and a truck with names painted on the side charge right into the early morning calm.

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The names on the truck are those of servicemen who have died in recent conflicts.

The parade of vehicles and runners are part of  Run for the Fallen New Jersey. This weekend, runners are running from Cape May Point to Holmdel to honor the memory of  those war heroes.

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Each mile is dedicated to a New Jersey hero. Each hero has a marker along the route.  Runners stop at each hero marker, to remember. They present an American flag to waiting family members.

At Sunset Beach, they remember First Lt. Michael J. Cleary, killed in 2005 in Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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Cleary’s death led his roomate to organize the very first Run for the Fallen in 2008. At that time, runners ran from Fort Irwin, California to Arlington National Cemetery.

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That effort led to the creation of other runs, including New Jersey’s Run for the Fallen.

The runners are running from Cape May Point  to Ocean City Friday and from Ocean City to Toms River Saturday. Sunday, they end their run at  the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial in Holmdel.

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