Memorial 100 Fundraising Event - Grant Street Tavern
Marines to run over 180 miles in honor of fallen brothers
Pittsburgh, April 14, 2014: The Tun Tavern is sacred in Marine Corps history as the birthplace of the Marine Corps on November 10, 1775. This Memorial Day weekend, Marine veterans from the 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, a storied unit that in 2005 lost 48 Marines and Sailors during a seven month deployment to Iraq, will run from the site of the original Tun Tavern in Philadelphia to the Tun Tavern located in the National Museum of the Marine Corps, a distance of over 180 miles. Runners will run 5 mile lengths in relay fashion with each runner running at least 10 miles and some as many as 20. On the evening of Thursday, May 22, an annual pre-run fundraiser will be held in Philadelphia at The Plough and the Stars (www.ploughstars.com) several blocks away from the marker identifying the original location of the Tun Tavern. On Friday, May 23 at 8PM, runners will step off on their 36 consecutive hour, 180 mile trek to Triangle, Virginia, hoping to arrive between 10AM and noon on Sunday.
Marine veterans from the 2005 Iraq deployment will be holding an event to kick start the Memorial 100 fundraising efforts on May 1st at 5:00 pm. The event will be hosted by The Grant Street Tavern, located in the lobby of the Grant Building downtown. We will be accepting donations for Wounded Warrior Project and raffling off prizes with the proceeds also benefiting WWP
This will be the fifth consecutive year that members of 3/25, along with other veterans and civilians have completed “The Memorial Day 100.” The initial run was formed in 2010 as a way for veterans of 3/25 to come together to celebrate the lives of their fallen comrades and help heal their own psychological wounds. Founded by Nathan Huffman, a Marine corporal with Kilo Company during the Iraq 2005 deployment, the intent of the run was to “interrupt the Memorial Day Weekend and give people pause to remember what it was they were celebrating.”
The first two years of the Memorial Day 100 were run from the Richmond War Memorial in Virginia to the Iwo Jima Memorial in Washington, D.C. Subsequent years were run from Long Island, NY to Ground Zero in New York City. Each year, members of the Memorial Day 100, all volunteering their time and effort, raised money to support wounded veterans programs. To date, over $90,000 has been raised for organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project to help meet the needs of wounded veterans and their families.
For more information, please contact Oscar Aguilera at the Wounded Warrior Project at (904) 673-8317 or William Sukitch at (412) 417-3767.
To make a donation, please visit: https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/group-fundraising/2014Memorial100/