Thursday, September 19, 2013

Heroes & Remembrance Run 2013! "Boots on the Bridge"

Thank you from Hannah Button and the Dream of a Better World kids!

September 7th was the second running of the Hero's & Remembrance Run, sometimes called: "Boots on the Bridge."  It was a beautiful, special day that we will always remember.  Thank you EVERYONE for showing up and giving your support!  

Thank you Theresa Johnson and the staff at Tripler Fisher House for pouring so much of your life into helping all of us remember those hero's who gave their lives for us and our country!   We will never forget the 6,728 killed in action since 9/11! The boots, the names and faces and the many tearful participants are forever etched in our hearts and minds.

For those of you who don't know, this is our fourth project with Tripler Fisher House and it is always a huge blessing to be apart of something so special, and to help our military families who have sacrificed so much for us.  This project was a huge success.  The kids of Dream of a Better World, with the help of a small army of classmates and neighbors and donors and volunteers, got to help put an American flag in every boot.  And, every boot had the name and face of a hero killed in combat since 9/11.

There were 6,728 boots lining the memorial 8K run that will help all of us to "Never Forget" those that gave their all.  Dream of a Better World also raised the money for the water given out to participants and for the port-a-potties!  We don't know for sure, but we think there were around 8,000 who joined us on September 7th for this event!  

Thank you especially to the Richvalskys who were instrumental in organizing and providing all of the 6,728 laminated photos.  Their son "DJ" bravely served in Afghanistan and knew too many of the names and photos that lined the Ford Island Bridge this year.

Words cannot describe the appreciation we have for dedication and unbelievable sacrifice of the men and women who's boots lined the Ford Island bridge.  We recognize and honor you... and, know that We will NEVER forget!

Fisher House Hawaii is one of 58 locations worldwide supporting America's military in their time of need.  Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 17,000 families, and have made available over four million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.  Fisher House is funded by public donations and you can donate to Tripler Fisher House on-line at or mail donations to: Tripler Fisher Houses, 317 Krukowski Rd., Honolulu, HI  96819.