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During the summer of 2008, a couple of us were working on the formation of Operation Honor Our Heroes, a nonprofit charity established to raise funds to meet the unmet needs of wounded veterans and their families. The formation of our organization was inspired by Robert Mark Horrigan who was killed in Al Qaim, Iraq on June 17, 2005. In his honor and in honor of all fallen heroes, we formed an organization designed to raise funds for wounded veterans and their families.

We heard about the Run for the Fallen which had started on June 14, 2008, and was underway by the time we heard about it. A group of civilians was running from California to Arlington Cemetery. They were running one mile for every fallen hero in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. They were running the mile for Robert just north of Amarillo on July 13, 2008. We went to join the group and post the flag for Bob. We followed the group all day as they made their way across the Panhandle. For us, the experience was so profound that we decided to follow the group as much as possible all the way to Arlington. The Gold Star families that we met and the other friends and families that came out to support the group have remained in our hearts and minds to this day.

We decided to bring the Run home to Texas to be closer to the Texas Gold Star families who could not make the trip to the Run for the Fallen. So we ran, walked, and biked from Amarillo to Austin May 17—25, 2009: one mile for one hero for one country. Not only did we honor the fallen but we also honored the wounded. We called this the Inaugural Lone Star Trail of Heroes: Run Across Texas.

Our goal is to run each year for the Texas fallen and the wounded.

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