On July 10, 2017 seven United States Marine Raiders and nine United States Marine Aviator crew members of a KC-130T Hercules aircraft died in a tragic crash in Laflore County, Mississippi while in transit to pre-deployment training.
On the first anniversary of the training accident, a team of 30 Marine Raiders and Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Navy Corpsmen, will undertake an eleven-day ruck march spanning approximately 900 miles from the crash site near Itta Bena, MS to Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
The march, titled, the Marine Raider Memorial March will honor the Marines who died and symbolize bringing them back home on the voyage that they were unable to make. The ruckers will be carrying a Marine Raider Flag, packs weighted by sand bags filled with soil from the crash site, and the American Flags that were draped over our fallen brothers by the first responders.
Upon completion of the Marine Raider Memorial March the soil will be used to plant a tree at a memorial service at the Marine Corps Special Operations Command aboard Camp Lejeune, NC.
ADMIN & LOGISTICS
The ruck march will begin on Saturday July 14, 2018, crossing five states, 1/3rd the distance of the width of the continental United States. Ten teams of ruckers will march in rotating 8-mile legs, moving forward 24 hours per day until we return back to Camp Lejeune, NC.
COMMAND, COMMUNICATION & DONOR RELATIONS
Proceeds from the march and its respective events will benefit the Brothers In Arms Foundation. The Brothers In Arms Foundation has been involved with the families (both financially and logistically) of these seven Marines since the tragedy. Donations can be made below via PayPal.
Checks can be mailed to:
Brothers In Arms Foundation
3200 South Congress Ave
Boynton Beach, FL 33426
The below map depicts the magnitude of the distance of the march.